The Secret to Sleep: How Acupuncture Benefits Those With Sleep Difficulties
It’s the end of a long day. You head to bed, fluff your pillow, crawl under the covers, and…lie there, staring up at the ceiling. You can’t fall asleep.
If it’s only one night that this happens, you might splash some cold water on your face in the morning and shrug it off. But when it happens night after night, cumulative sleep deprivation can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health.
It’s estimated that a third of the population fails to get at least seven hours of sleep every night, which means that poor sleep quality and insomnia aren’t unique ailments. But what should we do about them? Over-the-counter options are available, but they just put a temporary fix on the problem (and can come with some nasty side effects).
You’ve probably already heard that acupuncture benefits those who want to relax and reduce some stress, but you might be unfamiliar with its other applications. If you’re suffering from insomnia or difficulty sleeping, acupuncture can help ease you into dreamland.
How Does Acupuncture Help You Sleep Better?
Acupuncture has been proven to help with the treatment of insomnia. There are several ways acupuncture affects the body, and when they are stimulated together, the result is deeper, easier sleep.
- Anxiety Relief – When you have a lot that you’re thinking about, it can be hard to “switch off” when it’s time to sleep. Acupuncture benefits those whose minds race by helping to reduce anxiety and put you in a relaxed frame of mind, making it much easier to close your eyes and relax at night.
- Melatonin Production – Melatonin, a hormone, is naturally produced by the pineal gland. Your body produces more of it at night and decreases production during the day. Acupuncture can help stimulate melatonin production without any of the side effects or risks found in melatonin supplements.
- Reduces Night Disruption – Think of melatonin as your body’s way of signaling to itself that it’s time to wind down and enter a state of sleep. Acupuncture gently encourages your body to produce more and, when combined with the naturally relaxing effect of an acupuncture session, allows you to fall asleep more quickly.
How Soon Before I Know if Treatment is Working?
Many patients notice a change the very same night after an acupuncture treatment. If it seems like your treatment is taking longer to affect the changes you’re looking for, there are some things you can do to help it along. Remember to follow all the guidelines your acupuncturist has laid out for your lifestyle and stress management. This can include things like integrating a specific diet into your daily routine or actively practicing meditation a few times a day.
Why Should I Choose Acupuncture to Treat my Insomnia?
Unlike over-the-counter and prescription medications designed to address sleeplessness and insomnia, acupuncture is chemical-free and a complete, holistic form of treatment. It doesn’t just address your sleeplessness – it evaluates all the factors that contribute to your insomnia. When you choose acupuncture, you’re choosing to treat your whole body and mind, not just the one symptom, which many find to be a much better way to look after their physical and mental health.
If you’d like more information on how acupuncture benefits better sleep, please call our office at (201) 843-3633 or contact us online.
April 14, 2020