I love sleep. I love my bed. I love my sheets. And, heaven help me, I love a good nap. But most of all, I love that I dream in technicolor. So for years I’ve journaled my dreams and used dream dictionaries and online dream banks ( is my current favorite) to attempt to discern the meaning of my dreams. Or, at the very least, to put the dreams on paper so the images were no longer in my head rumbling around and bothering me throughout the day. There are even nights when I dream the same dream over and over and sometimes change the ending or outcome.

Why does any of this matter? Because dreams occur during REM sleep. As you’ve just read, I get plenty of REM sleep. What most active dreamers don’t get enough of is Deep Sleep, which is the type of sleep that causes a person to feel rested in the morning. I’ve recently started tracking my nightly sleep cycles with the Oura ring. I’m not a gadget person but this nifty little ring tracks my sleep patterns (among other things). No surprise this technicolor active dreamer isn’t getting the optimum amount of deep sleep. Lots of dreams means lots of REM and not enough deep sleep. I’m not the only person in Northern Virginia not getting the optimal amount of deep sleep each night. I’m writing this to share how Reflexology has helped me improve the amount of deep sleep I get each night and how it can help you.

Reflexology is an ancient healing modality using pressure points on the feet (or hands or ears) to stimulate related (or “reflexed”, hence the name) areas in the body or whole body systems. Why don’t people sleep well through the night? Indigestion, clogged sinus, headache, urgency to urinate? Tension? Stimulating the associated reflexology points on the foot (or hand or ear) with targeted pressure brings balance and restfulness to these affected areas or systems, restoring health to the affected bodily system, which means a healthy body capable of delightfully deep sleep.

(P.S. I’ve been testing on the children. With weekly reflexology sessions their bedtime routine is amazing - no fights (!!) and lights-out after 10 minutes for a full 9-10 hours of sleep per night.)

Andrea Bryk