Insomnia – Can Acupuncture Help?

Many people suffer from insomnia every night. Some lie in bed tossing and turning, while others fall asleep quickly but wake up throughout the night. A common approach to treating insomnia includes prescription sleep medications, which can cause side effects or dependence. Acupuncture can be an effective way to improve your sleep without the side effects.

According to the theories of Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine, conditions such as insomnia has different patterns:

  • Difficulty in falling asleep

  • Waking up early

  • Waking up during the night with difficulty sleeping back

Headache, dizziness, palpitations and forgetfulness often occur with insomnia.

In TCM, insomnia is related to imbalances and dysfunctions of the heart, spleen, liver and kidney. These imbalances can come from stress, anxiety, overwork, depression, long term illness or chronic pain and medications.

Acupuncture can get to the root of the insomnia by taking into account all the factors contributing to the sleep issue. Acupuncture is a deeply relaxing treatment which helps to regulate brain chemistry to improve mood and sleep.

Tips for practicing healthy sleep:

  • Avoid eating late in the evening

  • Try going to bed and waking up at a regular time each day

  • Exercise regularly, but not before bedtime

  • Avoid using electronic devices such as computers, smartphones or Tv

just before bed

  • Relax before bed. Taking a bath, read, meditate

So if you are suffering from insomnia, give acupuncture a try. It could be just the solution you are searching for!

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