Insomnia and Sleep Disturbance Relief

Sleep is as fundamental to human health and well-being as eating and breathing.  Most researchers agree that adults need around 7 to 9 hours of sleep every 24 hours.  Young children  and teenagers need around 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night .  My cat seems to prefer 20- 23 hours.1  Western Medicine has made tremendous progress in the last 40 years or so in understanding what happens in the brain when we sleep and what happens to our health when we don’t get quality sleep every night.  Chronic sleep problems have been linked to increased risk for heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes to name a few of them.  Additionally, insufficient sleep weakens the immune system, amplifies chronic pain conditions, lowers libido, impairs decision making and reaction time, and can prevent new memory formation.2

 

 

If you suffer from a chronic sleep disorder, you are not alone.

The American Sleep Association reports that between 50 and 70 million Americans have some sort of sleep disorder.3  People usually experience sleep problems in one or more of the following ways:

Difficulty falling asleep

Difficulty in staying asleep (intermittently waking throughout the night)

waking too early

Sleep apnea

Excessive snoring

Dream disturbed sleep

Restless Leg Syndrome

When any of these problems persist for any length of time, we need to get to the root of the issue.  And that is where Acupuncture Medicine can help you find the key to unlock the mystery of how to sleep well again.4

In Acupuncture Medicine, there are several well-defined reasons why sleep problems occur.  Many of them have to do with an insufficiency or imbalance of bodily fluids  (blood based constituents, neuro-transmitters, hormones, and others),  or an insufficiency or imbalance of life force energy in one or more organ systems.  This is why chronic sleep problems often present with other issues like headaches, diabetes, restless leg, depression, and memory impairment.

The secret to Acupuncture Medicine’s success in treating this very serious public health issue is its ability to pinpoint which impaired organ system is the root of the sleep problem.  We then stimulate the body to heal that part of your physiology and you can get on with your life…rested, replenished and refreshed.

Before patients begin a course of treatment in Acupuncture Medicine for their Insomnia or other Chronic Sleep Disturbance, I always remind them that Acupuncture Medicine is not magic.  We gradually, but relentlessly, shift the entire body back into a state of wellness and sleep happens naturally.  This does not happen in one treatment.  A standard course of treatment for long term sleep disorders can run anywhere from 3 to 6 months, with treatments happening at least weekly, and sometimes more frequently.  If you are able to address the problem sooner, the course of treatment is shorter.  While that may sound like a commitment of your time and your finances (it is), if you want to sleep well again and promote your long-term health, then its time to focus on this serious issue.

 

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References

1. Insufficient Sleep Is a Public Health Problem. (2015, September 3).  Retrieved from https://www.cdc.gov/features/dssleep/index.html

2. Peri, Camille. 10 Things to Hate About Sleep Loss. (2014, February 13).  Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/features/10-results-sleep-loss#1

3. Sleep and Sleep Disorder Statistics. (2017).  Retrieved from https://www.sleepassociation.org/sleep/sleep-statistics/

4. Yin, X., Gou, M., Xu, J. and others. Efficacy and Safety of Acupuncture Treatment on Primary Insomnia: A Randomized Controlled Trial.  (2017, September)  Retrieved from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28899535

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