Have you ever noticed someone asleep on a bus, in a car or on a train and been envious of them? Or even that friend that can fall asleep in the middle of a late night conversation. Yes? Well, about 10 – 15% of the adult population can relate because they have, like you most likely, have insomnia.

What Is Insomnia?

Insomnia, simply, is the inability to sleep. This can either be difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. This can lead to feeling fatigued, an unstable mood, trouble concentrating, an overwhelming feeling of laziness and low energy levels. Insomnia is usually classified into two categories; acute insomnia and chronic insomnia. Acute insomnia is one most of us have experienced, it’s normally brought on by things that happen in our lives like when you can’t sleep because you have an interview or exam the next morning. This type of insomnia normally doesn’t require any treatment and resolves itself. Chronic insomnia, on the other hand, is more serious. It normally occurs 3 to 4 nights a week and lasts up to 3 months and can be cause by a number of things from unhealthy sleep habits to clinical disorders.

How Can Acupuncture Help?

Some studies, like this one mentioned in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine have shown that acupuncture can be as effective a treatment as other conventional drugs (and even more effect when used in conjunction with them) in the treatment of insomnia with the bonus of having no side effects. It is believed to cause the production of neurochemicals through the stimulation of the nervous system, which results in biochemical changes that create a more conducive environment for physical and emotional well-being. The use of acupuncture encourages the nocturnal production of melatonin in people with anxiety and also increases the length of time they’re asleep for. It also helps patients fall asleep faster, enjoy little to no disruption as they sleep and helps them feel less stressed. Acupuncture can also be beneficial for people experiencing chronic pain which may be a contributor to their sleeplessness as it helps alleviate the pain.

You may be sceptical about the effectiveness of this alternative treatment in helping you sleep better but if you’ve already tried a number of treatments that haven’t helped much or are simply looking for something new, what do you have to lose? Feel free to contact Yan Acupuncture Clinic with any questions, we look forward to seeing you.

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