There are a myriad of different things that acupuncture can help improve in your daily life — things that are an important part of your health and well-being that keep you alert and energized for work and social activities, and keep you from feeling worn down or stressed out. Sleep is a crucial part of having a healthy mind and body, and if you aren’t getting enough, you may not feel quite like yourself.
Thankfully, acupuncture can help. A 2004 study revealed that patients with anxiety who went through acupuncture treatments had an increase in nighttime melatonin production, as well as an increased total sleep time. These particular patients were not only sleeping longer, but they also fell asleep faster, woke up less throughout the night, and were less stressed. If anxiety is causing you to experience insomnia or sleep deprivation, acupuncture can definitely have a positive impact on your quality of sleep.
Other studies show that acupuncture can help those without anxiety too, who are just suffering from insomnia. The many benefits of acupuncture, especially relief from chronic pain, may be another reason why acupuncture can help with sleeplessness, as those who experience pain on a regular basis are most likely being woken up by it during the middle of the night.
Acupuncture may also help those with sleep apnea, a condition where the upper passages of the airways close up and cut off a person’s oxygen, which interrupts breathing until he or she wakes up and starts breathing again. The reasoning behind why acupuncture may help this condition is that it strengthens the tongue and keeps it from dropping back and blocking the airway.
Acupuncture’s ability to help calm the mind and put you at ease is also a contributing factor as to how it can help with sleep and insomnia.
But remember, rome wasn’t built in a day — and your sleeplessness might not be totally cured overnight either. It may take several treatments before you see a true difference in your sleep patterns. Be patient, and make sure your acupuncturist is aware of any changes you do see, whether positive or negative. This makes it easier for them to customize your treatment to your specific needs and get you the best results.
Our practitioners at Integrative Acupuncture are well-versed in treating patients with sleeplessness and insomnia. Call us today at 561-819-0530 to schedule your first free consultation, and let us help you get back on track with a regular, healthy sleep pattern.