Acupuncture and Insomnia

Say Goodbye to Sleepless nights 

Acupuncture and Insomnia: Acupuncture has shown to help achieve a relaxing and sound sleep.

Can’t sleep, insomnia, sleepless nights

You settle into a warm, comfortable bed, close your eyes and nothing happens, you just can’t fall asleep. Hours go by and still you’re awake. The next day you feel tired, grouchy, and are unable to focus. Does this sound familiar?

One bad night…or an on going issue? Occasional insomnia is a very common problem, affecting about one in four people. It can happen to anyone, but is more common in older adults.

It’s symptoms include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking up too early
  • Day time fatigue and irritability
  • Frustration and moodiness

Five Tips you can try for a Healthy Sleep

1. Take a moment: Make some time in your schedule for a pre-sleep relaxation ritual. Taking a hot bath just before bed has been shown to promote a deep, restful sleep. You can also add a handful of hops to the bathwater or place a small amount of dried hops wrapped in a cloth inside your pillow case. Hops are used to reduce restlessness during sleep.

2. Aromatherapy: Put a few drops of chamomile essential oil on your pillow just before bed. You can also use an aromatherapy diffuser or add a few drops to water in a spray bottle to disperse the scent around your bedroom.

3. Relax your soles: Tap the soles and both sides of the feet gently with a hairbrush for five minutes, paying special attention to the point below the ball of the foot in the center, about one-third the distance between the toes and heel.

4. Evening snack tips: If you choose to eat before bed, a light  snack should consist of mostly carbohydrates with a small amount of protein. This combination increases the availability of tryptophan to the brain. Try eating a small bowl of low sugar oatmeal along with low fat milk. A sliced apple with a few slices of cheese can also do the trick. Avoid large amounts of protein before bed, it may keep you from falling into a sound sleep.

5. Accupressure points for Insomnia: Rubbing acupuncture points with your finger for 30-60 seconds can stimulate and promote the circulation of Qi within your own body, restoring health and wellbeing.

Remember: Sleepless nights happen to almost everyone at sometime or another but ongoing insomnia can indicate a deeper issue and could lead to further health concerns. Unfortunately, a common approach to treating insomnia includes prescription sleeping medications, which can cause side effects or even dependence. That’s one of the many reasons to consider an all-natural approach to treating your sleep problems Acupuncture can be a very effective way to improve your sleep quality without side effects.

How I can help: According to the theories of acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), insomnia can stem from a number of causes such as stress, anxiety, medications, depression and chronic pain. Call me and we can determine the underlying cause of your insomnia. Your treatment will take into account many factors including your lifestyle and emotional wellbeing. With this anchient form of healthcare, you can treat your symptoms, improve your overall health and wellbeing and start looking forward to  a good nights sleep.

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