Acupuncture for Insomnia
Getting enough quality sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing. If we don't sleep enough we not only function worse but over time it can lead to long-term health problems.
Insomnia is the term used to describe a variety of different symptoms associated with sleep disturbance, including inability to sleep, difficulty falling asleep, frequent waking, restlessness at night, disordered sleep cycle and dream disturbed sleep. Reviews are consistent in showing acupuncture, or acupressure to be significantly more effective for insomnia than conventional drugs and without their level of side effects.
How Acupuncture Can Help
- Increases secretion of melatonin and other hormone that helps regulate sleep
- Reduces 'fight and 'flight' nervous system activity and deactivates the 'analytical' brain
- Promotes normal function of brain tissues
- Increases cerebral blood flow
- Regulates levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin which alter the brain’s mood chemistry to help to increase relaxation and reduce tension
- Safely combines with conventional drug treatments enhancing their beneficial effects and reducing side effects.
True or Transitionary Insomnia
When someone comes for acupuncture treatment I will look carefully at their lifestyle to distinguish true insomnia from transitionary insomnia. External or temporary changes such as pain from illness or injury, noise, inappropriate bedroom temperature, consumption of coffee or other stimulants prior to bed time, - which includes looking at the computer screen and vigorous exercise - eating late, recent emotional upsets, and disordered biorhythms from shift work may all be causes of poor sleep. These causes are transitionary and once removed, sleep usually returns to normal and the sleep disturbance can not be considered true insomnia. Appropriate routines to encourage good sleep are therefore important, so in addition to acupuncture I often give lifestyle advice to promote better sleep.
What happens in an acupuncture treatment? And how does acupuncture work?
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A comprehensive summary of research into acupuncture and insomnia can be found here >