Insomnia is a sleep disorder that is characterized by symptoms of not being able to fall asleep and waking up and not being able to fall back asleep. Living with insomnia can be extremely frustrating as a person may attempt to sleep but not be able to do so. Sleep issues like insomnia can also lead to a number of other debilitating symptoms that can affect daily life and both physical and mental health. Fortunately, there are a number of treatments available to people who are looking for help with insomnia, including acupuncture for insomnia.
Insomnia is an extremely common issue that chronically affects about 30% of the world’s population. This makes it a very important issue to address. Not getting enough sleep due to insomnia can lead to both reduced cognitive functioning and impaired mental, social, and physical health. Treatments for insomnia can include prescription medications and learning self-care practices like exercise, mindfulness techniques, sleep routines, and more. But, for many, traditional treatments aren’t enough to fully restore healthy sleep patterns. That’s where acupuncture can help. Used in combination with traditional treatments and approaches, acupuncture has been shown to help people with insomnia get more and healthier sleep.
Acupuncture can be a great tool for people living with sleep disorders like insomnia. Especially, if traditional treatments aren’t working or a person is having adverse reactions to prescription insomnia medications. There is some evidence to suggest that acupuncture can promote relaxation and induce better sleep for people who are struggling with the effects of insomnia.
How Does Acupuncture for Insomnia Work?
While it’s not completely understood why acupuncture works to relieve symptoms of insomnia, some studies theorize that it’s because acupuncture helps the body produce and release specific neurotransmitters or brain chemicals. These neurotransmitters are directly responsible for managing the body’s cycle of being awake and asleep. Firstly, acupuncture can help to stimulate the release of melatonin, which is a naturally occurring brain chemical that can help to prepare the brain and body for sleep. Secondly, acupuncture can help to stimulate the release of norepinephrine, which is a neurotransmitter that aids in the body staying awake. Finally, acupuncture works to stimulate the release of Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which is responsible for keeping the body asleep and tired during the night in order to get a healthy amount of sleep.
Are you struggling with insomnia and finding it difficult to find a treatment solution that works for you? Adding acupuncture to your treatment routine can help you find a sleep routine that works for you. Acupuncture Zen offers insomnia acupuncture sessions for people who need help getting more and better sleep. Find out more about how we can help on our website.
Common symptoms of insomnia can include: