Did you know that acupuncture can help to aid sleep? Whether you suffer with insomnia or just have difficulty sleeping, it can be incredibly distressing, affecting many aspects of a sufferer’s life. We have a number of therapies that can help to alleviate insomnia and sleeping problems, through supporting relaxation, as well as helping to address any underlying root causes.
Acupuncture as an Aid to Better Sleep
In our community Norwich Acupuncture Room we see many people who have problems when it comes to relaxation and sleep. The first thing we do is assess the reasons why they are having difficulties in the first place, searching for possible causes such as pain, stress, menopausal symptoms, depression, constitutional imbalance, light sleeper etc. We do this by examining any patterns in a person’s sleep behaviour, which gives us clues as to which organ imbalances are present on an energetic level. We then know which acupuncture points to treat to help the sleep return to a normal pattern.
Assessing sleep disharmony
We assess the following symptoms in a person who has a sleep disharmony:
- difficulty to get off to sleep
- vivid dreams
- waking up in the early hours and not able to get back off
- waking up several times to urinate
- waking up feeling hot or irritable
- waking up in pain
- busy mind
These individual symptoms lead us to a very intricate form of investigation. Part of this individual assessment includes Traditional Chinese Medicine Pulse and Tongue diagnosis, which has been used for thousands of years to give information about the internal balance of the body.
When we have enough evidence of a pattern of disharmony within the body, we choose specific points with certain functions to help the individual reason for sleep related concerns. For example, the point Heart 7 (Chinese name: Shen Men) at the wrist crease helps people get off to sleep by calming the mind (Shen meaning mind).
We are also trained to assess and give lifestyle advice. For example, did you know that caffeine stays in your system for up to 7 hours! Not what you need for a good nights sleep!!
Supporting those with pain relief
Often sleep complaints are the reason why people are seeking acupuncture treatment but, all too often, we see sleep problems as part of a secondary complaint as well. Pain for example often wakes people, then once awake it can be difficult to get back off to sleep. Acupuncture can help people with pain relief by increasing the natural bodily endorphins. This has been proven in Western Medicine and is now recommended by the NICE guidelines for certain chronic conditions such as lower back pain and tension type headaches.
Endorphins are the natural “feel good” chemicals which, as well as helping relieve pain, can also help us to relax.
Over and over again we hear our patients commenting how relaxed they feel after a session of acupuncture and, only today, one of our patients called it a sanctuary. Acupuncture really does have that ability to treat specific complaints as well as aid general relaxation. But don’t take our word for it – check out the testimonials below or, better yet, give it a go and see for yourself!
“A superb, mellow chill-out session! I’d never had needles before and I was a wee bit nervous, I felt fantastic and will sleep well tonight!” – Rupert
“A very calm and relaxed experience. There is no need to fear the needles it is very comfortable and actually quite a nice sensation.” – Robyn