Accepting one's tiredness is not an admission of weakness

The children do not escape this evil of the century: they also say very often tired. How to react?

It is imperative to take child fatigue seriously, if only because it can be a symptom of a sometimes serious illness. Some of my patients are surprised that a young child can be tired. But just linger on the schedule of their days to understand that fatigue is rooted in their lifestyle.

Children need good sleep, reasonable physical activity and a schedule that does not look like a minister's! A child must be able to hang around, do nothing when he feels the need, without the parent blaming him for being idle. I found that overworked and tired parents had very active children, nervous, and just as tired as they were.

You are a sleep activist. Is a bad sleep the main cause of fatigue today?

In order to understand what is bad sleep, it is necessary to define "good sleep". A good sleep is above all a good awakening. It is waking up naturally, having the impression of being "refurbished". Difficult awakenings, like difficult sleep, are always a sign of poor sleep, a permanent source of fatigue.

My work as an acupuncturist doctor today mainly consists of working on a point called paé roé (see below) to act on sleep disorders, which are both the cause and the consequence of fatigue. It is now more than ever essential to learn to live in good intelligence with our fatigue. Our physical, psychic and emotional well-being is at this price.

Paé Roé: the anti-fatigue point

The parade ("hundred meetings" in Chinese) is a tiny dot, no bigger than a pinhead, located at the top of the skull, in the center of a little depression. Since 1974, the practice of acupuncture of Dr. Maurice Tran Dinh Can is entirely focused on the stimulation of this point.

Difficult to locate, this point is a few millimeters from its opposite, the anti-paéro point, whose stimulation generates inverse effects. "The paé roé includes several cranial points which rebalance and harmonize the cerebral activity, explains the acupuncturist doctor.Their stimulation acts on the sleep disorders, and thus on fatigue and psychosomatic illnesses that result. "

It takes between ten to twenty sessions, depending on the general condition of the patient, so that the energy circulates again in the body and that the sleep becomes again repairing.During the first stimulation of the point by Maurice Tran Dinh Can, we feel (we have tested) an irrepressible desire to sleep. And after three sessions, the accumulated fatigue seems to escape through all the pores of the skin.

Sleep gets deeper, waking is easier, and the ability to concentrate during the day is strengthened. Known for five thousand years, par terre may well be the most avant-garde of anti-fatigue remedies.

(Audrey Tropauer)

The art of the break

Whether you are sitting or lying, whether short or long, it does not matter. The main thing is to offer the brain the pause it requires and we are reluctant to give it, says Nicole Gratton, doctor of nuclear medicine, a medical specialty using the administration of radioactive elements for diagnostic or therapeutic purposes. and author of Secrets of Vitality (Jai Lu).

  • Why?

Napping is a physiological necessity. Our brain functions like a muscle: it contracts and then relaxes several times a day according to a natural rhythm called ultradian. Simply closing one's eyes and performing a dozen deep breaths is enough to create a cerebral relaxation.

  • How?

The important thing is to relax the neck to irrigate the brain. Pressing the back of the head on a low back and closing the eyes for five minutes, or while raising the arms and supporting the neck with the hands. This position opens the rib cage, allows better breathing and stretches the spine. You can also lie down, preferably on the back, for better muscle relaxation.

  • When

The ideal periods are those where we detect a drop in energy, commonly known as "pump stroke". This sudden fatigue usually follows cycles, and occurs every ninety to one hundred and twenty minutes.

  • Where

In the office or at home, but not in bed: it stimulates the body's memory and generates the need to sleep longer than the duration of a restorative nap (twenty to thirty minutes).

To determine your degree of fatigue, pass our test Do you feel tired?

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