Failure to get enough sleep can wreak havoc on your body. Sleep deprivation can lead to an increase in accidents, make it difficult to think and process information, and can raise your risk of developing heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. Although you could take a sleeping pill to get the sleep you need, pills have side effects that may leave you feeling less than alert in the morning. Acupuncture eliminates insomnia naturally, allowing you to get the rest you desperately need.
What Is Insomnia?
Although you may associate insomnia with the failure to fall asleep, the term actually covers several common sleep problems. If you have insomnia, you may wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble getting back to sleep or may wake up too early in the morning. If you do sleep, you may not experience quality sleep and may feel tired and lethargic during the day.
What Causes Insomnia?
Insomnia can occur due to a variety of reasons, including:
- A disruption to your normal sleep/wake cycle, such as working nights
- Stress, anxiety or depression
- Side effects from medications
- Health conditions, including heart and lung disease, cancer, reflux, arthritis, thyroid disease, stroke or chronic pain
- Restless leg syndrome
- Exercising in the evening
- Drinking beverages containing alcohol or caffeine in the afternoon or evening
How Can Acupuncture Help?
Acupuncture is an ancient healing art that helps relieve the symptoms of many illnesses and disorders. The Chinese practitioners who perfected acupuncture thousands of years ago believed that qi, a vital life force, runs through everyone's body. When the qi becomes blocked, it can cause of variety of problems, including insomnia. Placing thin needles at the source of blockages releases the qi, reducing symptoms.
Research studies have shown that acupuncture can increase the amount of serotonin your brain produces. Serotonin, a neurotransmitter, helps regulate the sleep/wake cycle. Acupuncture may also regulate other neurotransmitters and hormones involved in sleep, including serotonin and endorphins. Regular visits to an acupuncturist can improve the quality of your sleep, decrease fatigue, increase energy levels and prevent you from waking up in the middle of the night.
Acupuncture is also helpful in treating underlying problems that can contribute to insomnia, such as chronic pain, stress, anxiety and hyperthyroidism.
How Does It Work?
During your first visit to an acupuncturist, he or she will take a complete medical history and ask a series of questions about your symptoms. This information will allow him or her to devise a treatment plan that will address the problems causing your insomnia. Thin needles will be placed in your body at the source of the blockages. Because the needles are only as thick as human hair, you may not even feel them. If you do, you may only notice a slight aching or tingling sensation. Although your insomnia may not be completely cured after just one session, you will soon begin to notice the positive effects of acupuncture.
Are you tired of not getting enough sleep? Call us today and find out how acupuncture can help you conquer insomnia.