Acupuncture & Insomnia
Updated: Jan 3
Sleep deprivation can put someone at risk of health issues including chronic depression with all its implications. The most serious concerns for people with Insomnia is that it can cause daytime sleepiness, fatigue, malfunctioning....
Insomnia symptoms can last for a few days to months or longer and include:
having a hard time falling asleep
waking up during the night and finding it difficult to fall back asleep
waking up early
Causes for insomnia vary and may include:
medical conditions such as sleep Apnea
Irregular sleep schedules
Benefits of acupuncture for sleep
Here’s what research has to say about the benefits of acupuncture for sleep according to Colleen de Bellefonds in her article written in May 28, 2021 (https://www.healthline.com/health/acupuncture-for-sleep )
She writes that researchers found that acupuncture was more effective at improving insomnia symptoms, sleep efficiency, and total sleep time during treatment. People’s sleep awakenings and self-rated anxiety also improved significantly 2 and 4 weeks after treatment.
She mentions that several neurologists and sleep medicine specialists practice acupuncture on their patients.
From clinical experience acupuncture is very helpful. Many patients communicate a sense of calm after acupuncture that helps them sleep better for several days.
She reports that although more research is needed “Acupuncture is considered to be one among several treatment options for a variety of problems related to sleep performance including
Restless Legs Syndrome RLS (The most serious concern for people with RLS is that it interferes with sleep.)
Insomnia : Drug (Benzodiazepine) v Acupuncture
Colleen de Bellefonds in the above article states that acupuncture is a safer alternative to medications used to treat insomnia, such as Benzodiazepine. The U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA)Trusted Source warns that benzodiazepines often lead to misuse, abuse, and addiction — even when taken as prescribed.
She adds that acupuncture is safe, it promotes healing from within, and it poses much less risks to a patient than drug therapy.
In conclusion : It is now frequent for doctors to recommend acupuncture to treat sleep problems as research proved acupuncture is a safer alternative to medications.
What is Acupuncture?
Chinese medicine looks at the mind, body, and spirit as one interconnected system and strives to understand the root cause of illness or imbalance and to rectify it.
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin hair-like needles into the skin at locations called acu-points. These acu-points have functions based on Oriental Medicine to treat illness. Acu-points are located through out the body, from head to toe, including the ear. Each has one or more specific function and can be used alone or in combination with other acu-points to achieve an effect.
Acupuncture needles are very thin. There is nothing going through them, so the diameter of the needle is very small. A slight pinch is all that is felt upon insertion, but there is no sharp pain as during an injection or withdrawal of blood. Once the needle is in, most patients feel a sensation of dullness, heaviness or tingling. Acupuncturists call this the qi (pronounced chee) sensation. The qi sensation is one indication that the acu-point is activated and working to increase flow of energy and doing its specific function.
Many patients find themselves relaxed after the needles are inserted. Relaxation occurs because acupuncture releases the body’s natural endorphins (feel good hormones). It’s a great opportunity to take a power nap. Relaxing actually increases the effectiveness of the treatment because energy can move freely when the body is calm. The acupuncture needles generally stay in between 10-30 minutes.
Experts note that acupuncture is extremely safe. But it can sometimes cause bruising.There are no medical conditions that are explicitly contraindicated for treatment.
What to expect
If you decide to try acupuncture for sleep, expect:
a thorough intake of medical history
a roughly 60-minute session
20 to 30 needles inserted in varying points
your practitioner may choose to place needles or seeds in the ears
your practitioner may choose to supplement with cupping therapy or moxibustion
at least 3 to 6 acupuncture sessions are recommended.
Meditation, Relaxation against Insomnia
Please take few minutes to watch and share the attached very informative video with meditation tips against insomnia:
If you suffer from sleep disorder, a visit to Esther Hornstein L.Ac., your accredited Chinese Medicine practitioner can help you regain a good night sleep!!!
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