Insomnia is trouble falling asleep or staying asleep through the night.
Episodes may come and go (episodic), last up to 3 weeks (short-term), or be long-lasting (chronic).
Insomnia may present itself in different ways. For some people, the inability to fall asleep is the most noticeable symptom while others are unable to reach a deep level of sleep and are startled awake by every little noise. Any insomnia symptom would frustrate most sleepers, but night after night for months or years, can lead to an accumulation of symptoms such as; physical tiredness, difficulty concentrating and feeling depressed, irritable or lethargic.
What causes Insomnia?
Insomnia may have a number of causes, including stress, depression or anxiety; irregular work schedules; medications, drug or alcohol abuse; major life changes; chronic pain, hyperthyroidism or arthritis.
So how can Acupuncture help Insomnia?
Acupuncture is a great insomnia remedy . It focuses on the patients' individual insomnia symptoms and builds a complete healing treatment plan for each symptom. It also very successful in treating depression, stress and physical pain.
A study published recently in the American Journal of Chinese Medicine, reports that patients who received acupressure and transcutaneous electrical acupoint stimulation (TEAS) experienced a significant improvement in their insomnia symptom, including problems of fatigue, sleep quality and depression. The results from this study suggest that acupressure or TEAS might have an important role in managing patients with fatigue, poor sleep quality and depression.
Niamh Muldowney, owner, Anam Mai Acupuncture