Suffer from insomnia?
There are a number of disorders that affect the quality and quantity of sleep an individual may get — and these are usually put under the label of “insomnia”.
Treatment for sleep disorders is based on the specifics of the patient and the diagnosis, family and medical history as well as the patient’s overall emotional health. Also important to factor in is the age of the patient; treatment for children with sleep disorders will be different from that for adults who have the same symptoms. Looking into diet issues, as well as the body ph (acid/base balance) can be helpful.
Acupuncture is helpful and relevant for treating all sleep problems, and most people experience improvement quickly, with few treatments.
A preliminary report in 2004 found that in patients with anxiety, acupuncture increased nighttime melatonin production and total sleep time. The patients who received acupuncture also fell asleep faster, were less aroused at night, and were less stressed. The researchers concluded that, “Acupuncture treatment may be of value for some categories of anxious patients with insomnia.”
Another study found that acupuncture improves sleep quality in patients with HIV, among whom sleep disturbance is a common problem. The researchers found that “Sleep activity and sleep quality significantly improved following 5 weeks of individualized acupuncture…”
Other studies have shown that acupuncture works for people without health problems, too. A study in 1999 found that acupuncture improved sleep quality in normal people with insomnia.
Another benefit of acupuncture is relief from chronic pain, which is a common contributor to sleeplessness. In addition, the tension in the upper body is reduced which will help TMJ and teeth grinding. It also helps with numbness to the hands that can show up early in the morning. Acupuncture will be helpful, and we will talk in detail about your specific situation to determine the right treatment for you.
For more information, please visit us at www.ctacupuncture.com
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J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2004 Winter;16(1):19-28. Acupuncture increases nocturnal melatonin secretion and reduces
insomnia and anxiety: a preliminary report. Spence DW, Kayumov L, Chen A, Lowe A, Jain U, Katzman MA, Shen J, Perelman B,
Shapiro CM. Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2001 Jan-Feb;12(1):27-39. Effects of individualized acupuncture on sleep quality in
HIV disease. Phillips KD, Skelton WD. Source: Department of Administrative and Clinical Nursing, College of Nursing, University of South Carolina, USA.
Forsch Komplementarmed. 1999 Feb;6 Suppl 1:29-31. [Acupuncture and insomnia]. Montakab H.
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