Acupuncture for sleep can be very beneficial. Over 3 million people suffer from insomnia every year. Whether you have difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep; Acupuncture treatments can help to manage insomnia and regulate sleep patterns.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Sleep Management
Calms the Mind
Many times, when you can’t sleep, it’s because your mind is racing, planning & stressing over thought after thought. In the Acupuncture treatment for sleep, the needles work on the heart channel. The heart channel is responsible for the health of the mind. This treatment can slow down our thoughts, and promote a calm heart beat when it’s time for bed. In Chinese Medicine, it is said that the Mind resides in the heart at night. When the mind is not relaxed in the heart, it can cause racing thoughts & restless sleep.
Cortisol is known as the stress hormone. The rising and falling of cortisol at inappropriate times throughout the night can cause restless sleep. This is also the same hormone that is increased in times of “fight or flight”, or adrenaline. Because this hormone is produced in the liver, acupuncture works to balance the liver for sleep. An imbalance of this hormone can cause a cyclic pattern, because lack of sleep often increases the production of cortisol, as well as just being stressed. Stress management is very important for proper sleep.
Acupuncture can help calm emotions like anxiety, sadness, stress, and irritability. It helps to produce neurotransmitters that promote balance and happiness.
Easier to Wake
Another part of an imbalance in sleep patterns is when it is difficult to wake or get out of bed in the morning. This is usually related to the digestion in Chinese Medicine. Acupuncture works to balance the spleen, stomach, and other digestive organs to promote a healthy wake up time in the morning, with less grogginess and more motivation.
Alternate to Harmful Drugs
Some of the pharmaceuticals used to treat sleep disorders are benzodiazepines, antidepressants, Zolpidem or Ambien, and over the counter medications. Unfortunately, there can be a lot of unwanted side-effects from these medications. Common ones are grogginess, impaired memory, inability to focus, addiction, and slurred speech. These medications just cover up the disorder, instead of treating the root cause.
Other Sleep Disorders Acupuncture Can Treat
-Resltess Leg Syndrome
-Dream Disturbed Sleep