In the Journal of Integrated Medicine you can read about this pilot study to help people in chronic pain fall asleep and stay asleep using shelf hand shiatsu.
The results were promising – participants reported subjective improvements in time to fall asleep, number of awakenings and daytime pain. There were some small objective improvements at the 2-week follow up, when adherence was at its highest, as well. Interestingly, most participants reported falling asleep while doing the hand self-shiatsu.
It is rare to find studies involving shiatsu, so i had to post this. I imagine you might be interested in trying this out! Beats counting sheep and it may help you feel better during the day time too.