Many people become sleepy at inappropriate times, like at school, while driving a car, or at work when you need to concentrate or you could loose your job. When you feel drowsy and need to be alert, acupressure along with Yogic breathing can stimulate your metabolism without drugs. My approach to counteract chronic fatigue and sleep disorders is holistic – using diet, exercise, breathing techniques and acupressure therapy.

One cause of narcolepsy and drowsiness is poor quality sleep. Acupressure points and techniques can enable you to actually Sleep Better. In this blog article I’ll give you essential details on how to use acupressure points with breathing techniques to balance your metabolism naturally.

Narcolepsy* & Drowsiness Acupressure Points Routine – use the following acupressure points and breathing techniques to balance your nervous system. You do not have to practice all six techniques; using one or two of them can be effective:

GV 26 Point for Alertness & Stability

GB 20 The Gates of Consciousness Points

1. Press CV 26 firmly: with swift inhalations
2. Press GB 20, under your skull, with three rapid successive inhalations.
3. Scratch GB 20 with your nails
4. Deep Breathing Exercise called Upholding Heaven
5. Briskly Rub your Lower Back (B 23 and B 47)
6. Rub St 36 for Rejuvenation

B 23 & B 47 "Sea of Vitality"

St 36 "Three Miles" Energy Points

For Relief & Prevention: These acupressure point techniques can be used to relieve narcolepsy and drowsiness. It’s vital to note that these methods can also be used to prevent drowsiness and narcoleptic occurrences. Acupuncture and Acupressure balances the brain’s neurotransmitters overall chemistry by stimulating therapeutic pressure points.

Daily Exercise especially aerobic exercise (20 minutes of lively dancing, swimming, running sports, and biking) is well known to help Narcolepsy. If these activities are difficult, a brisk walk once or twice a day can be very beneficial for counteracting drowsiness. Exercise or walking increases your body’s strength and improves your metabolism. Exercise releases hormones that promote overall energy and alertness.

Dietary Considerations: Your diet can enhance or hinder acupressure’s balancing process. Certain foods many be difficult for your system to metabolize and can contribute to narcolepsy. Avoid processed foods with sugar, white flour products, and excessively rich foods. Eat more fresh, healthy whole foods and especially more green vegetables, both raw and lightly cooked.

Recommended Healing Resources: To rejuvenate your energy, boost your immune system, develop greater vitality, and enable your body to have more healing energy – I recommend these materials:

Book: Greater Energy at your Fingertips
Chart: Greater Energy Chart: Presents 8 Wellness Acupressure Points
Increase Vitality: Self-Healing CD
Sleep Better: Self-Healing CD

*Narcolepsy ranges in severity. This sleep disorder occurs when your brain is unable to assimilate and regulate your body’s normal sleep cycle. Excessive Daytime Sleepiness (E.D.S.) is an overwhelming drowsiness, which occurs during the day-light hours.

Narcolepsy Informative Website

Narcolepsy & Drowsiness Video Clip



Acupressure Points for Sleepiness, Drowsiness & Narcolepsy — 23 Comments

  1. I have been taught that the spinal accessory nerve, which runs between GB-20 and Bl-10 on either side of the neck is the “wake up” nerve. It is used in revival from a knock out in the path of martial arts that I follow (see more explanation at My martial arts instructor has explained that tapping on this region of the spinal accessory nerve with your hands can help revive you while you are driving.

    • Good input, especially for revival after an injury. Your teacher’s use of the “wake-up” nerve on the back of the neck is why I used the acupressure points GB 20 on both sides with both pressure and stimulating the flow of energy through gentle scratching. You have a good teacher who knows that its vital to present both sides of life – how to defend with the pressure points, and how to heal by restoring the flow of energy.

  2. Do you have accupressure for children with missing teeth (maxillary laterals)
    due to genetics?
    My 10 yr old daughter needs help.

    Thanks sooooo much,
    Kim Nghiem

    • I suggest you try using the acupressure points LI 14 (on the upper arm) and LI 4 (between the thumb and index finger, in the webbing) especially on the side(s) where the teeth are missing or where there is gum or nerve pain.

  3. Dear Michael,
    thank you so much for this blog, i so enjoy your wisdom, its juch a shame i live so far away in South Africa, would love to attend one of your workshops.
    love and light

  4. Dear All.

    I am intrusted to learn acupressure techniques. My people espacially old ones need easy thropy procedudure to relief their pains. I am also suffering with ” pinching of Nurve ” at my neck bach which gave me high pain on shoulders and develop nembness in my fingers or arms. Kindly help me to teach me to get relief from this pain or precausions.

  5. I have purchased all the books, CDs, DVDS, and charts. Each one has been a true blessing and I highly reccomend each and everyone.
    As always, thank you Michael for the gift of knowledge that you share with your readers. The clips are a true inspiration! I feel better just from the positive energy that they contain.
    ~ a faithful reader Debra

  6. Hi Michael,

    I have a question about using acupressure to help relieve sleep apnea symptoms. I found an article about using acupuncture for sleep apnea ( If a person were using acupressure to work these same points instead, what changes would need to be made? Would it be important to work the points in a specific sequence? How long should each point be held? Thanks very much for any suggestions.

    • Good question for Sleep Apnea. Usually I generally say, acupuncture uses the same points and principles as acupuncture, the difference is hands instead of needles. However, since you have shown me the point selection used in this study, I can see that my approach in relaxing the body and balancing the body’s energy flow is very different. This study uses points: Lu6, Lu7, LI4, LI20, GV20, CV23, St36, St40, Sp6, and K6. The nature of using the needle makes the point selection very different. I suggest first massaging or shiatsu-ing the points between the shoulder blades, then holding B10 and GB 20 as base points for 3 to 5 minutes while your other hands holds GV 20, St 13, CV 17, Sp 12 & 13, K 6 with B 62, Sp 4, and Sp 1. For more point selections and explanations, see the Insomnia chapters in my books:
      Acupressure’s Potent Points and Acupressure for Emotional Healing.

  7. Hi Michael, Wish you a very happy new year 2013.

    How would you relate EFT points with that of acupressure points and can you some correlation of these two methods, especially for pain relief, vision problems.


    • Acupressure and EFT use the same points. Tapping stimulates the energy system. Holding the points is more effective for pain relief.
      Vision problems is involved and should involve an eye doctor.

  8. Hi Michael, Good Day.

    Please suggest me daily acupressure points routine to solve severe vision problems and insomnia.


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