Acupuncture for Insomnia

Acupuncture for insomnia can do more than help you get a good nights sleep. It can have a significant effect on your general health and well being.

We have all experienced the odd sleepless night here and there. Those nights when you have trouble falling off to sleep or when you do fall asleep it is uneasy and you toss and turn waking often or perhaps you wake too early and can’t get back to sleep. Most of us would be unaware however that if you experience sleep disturbance for more than a month you have chronic insomnia.

All too often we tend to think of insomnia as a minor inconvenience but getting good quality sleep is just as important to our health as having a good diet and regular exercise. Insomnia that appears to be minor can affect you both mentally and physically resulting in a reduced quality of life. Insomnia can lead to health issues such as weight gain, depression, anxiety, poor immune function and can lead to an increased risk and severity of long-term diseases such as high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes.

The Victorian government’s better health channel says that sticking to a sleep routine is the first place to start. It also recommends these simple home remedies:

  • Don’t nap during the day.
  • Cut down on smoking and drinking.
  • Avoid tea, coffee and other caffeinated drinks before bed.
  • Don’t exercise strenuously before bedtime.
  • Do something to relax, such as meditate or have a warm bath.
  • Only go to bed if you feel sleepy.
  • Go to bed later.
  • Stop reading, worrying or watching television in bed and limit your activities in the bedroom to sleeping and sex.
  • If you can’t sleep, get up, go to another room and do something else until you feel sleepy again.
  • Get up at the same time every morning regardless of how much sleep you have had.
  • Avoid ‘judging’ your sleep on a day-to-day basis.

Another simple home remedy is the milk drink “Horlicks”. Many people with insomnia benefit from a warm cup of Horlicks before bed.

If these simple remedies aren’t enough to restore your regular sleep patterns then you should seek professional help. Ian, at Kenmore Centre for Health,  has developed an approach using acupuncture for insomnia in combination with Chinese herbal medicine and specific nutritional supplements to calm and balance the autonomic nervous system and promote a return to a healthy sleep pattern.

Remember, chronic insomnia can lead to health issues such as weight gain, depression, anxiety and poor immune function. Any steps which improve the quality and quantity of sleep can also improve your physical and mental well-being.

About Ian Murray

Ian is a registered acupuncturist and Chinese Herbal Medicine practitioner at Kenmore Centre for Health. This website contains general information about medical conditions and treatments. The information is not advice, and should not be treated as such.
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