For most people falling asleep is something that just happens: You are tired, you go to bed and shortly after that you are in dreamland and will wake up again after 7 hours and feel all fresh and revitalized. But when you are suffering from Insomnia you can often dread the night time. And being anxious doesn’t really help the whole process of sleeping either…
Insomnia means you have trouble falling asleep or you often wake up during your sleep for a longer period of time.
People who suffer from insomnia often notice it influences their quality of life and well being. You may become more irritable, you can’t concentrate and you feel tired all the time. Insomnia is also linked to immune deficiency, depression and anxiety.
Everyone can have a bad night sleep every once in a while but around 10% of people has a chronic sleeping disorder.
Insomnia can have different causes: an anxiety disorder, depression, chronic pain, hormonal changes like pregnancy or menopause.
But too much stress or worries, the loss of a loved one or problems at work can also cause sleeping problems.
How can acupuncture help for insomnia?
In acupuncture Insomnia is seen as a disturbed balance between Yin and Yang. Or in this case an inbalance between your day and night rhytm .
Normally during the daytime your energy should be more Yang (= energetic, light, warm). Then when the day progresses towards the evening your turn more Yin (= resting, dark, cool). That is when everything functions normally.
When there is an inbalance between Yin and Yang for a longer time, you can develop a sleeping problem. Acupuncture can help you back into balance.
There are acupuncture points that promote the Yin energy .Yin energy is needed to help you fall asleep.
Then there are points that decrease too much Yang energy in the head or heart palpitaions for example. With the help of acupuncture you can “reset” your biological clock so that you feel energetic in daytime again. Now you can fall asleep at nighttime.
Treating insomnia with acupuncture
Besides acupuncture of course we will also address your eating habbits, lifestyle and discuss other things that might influence your sleep.
I do hope that if you are anxious about falling asleep, exhausted due to a lack of sleep or when you concider taking sleep medication you will first give acupuncture a try! It usually works very well!
I am happy to say that over the years I have helped lots of people regaining a normal sleeping pattern again with acupuncture.
Usually you will know after a few treatments if acupuncture can help you or not.
Don’t hesitate to call me if you need more information or when you want to schedule an appointment!