Many people now use acupuncture for insomnia! There have been studies in the last couple years that showed how acupuncture can vastly improve mental performance and quality of sleep as well. You might find that your most productive days will be the days that you get an acupuncture treatment.
If you have been searching for something to improve your sleep quality and have tried everything from drugs to yoga, then acupuncture may be the answer.
Where do you find an acupuncturist for insomnia?
- Check the yellow pages or do a Google search in your area for “acupuncture for insomnia red deer” if you are in the Red Deer, Alberta area for instance and you should find a qualified acupuncturist in the top 3 organic results (not paid ads). Google is by far the most popular search engine, but you can also try Yahoo and Bing as well if you are so inclined. Also word of mouth is another good method for finding a good acupuncturist to treat insomnia.
- Once you have found a good acupuncturist, then give it a few sessions before deciding if it helps or not. It may take a few visits before you notice any major changes. You should notice after two or three sessions if you are sleeping better and have more energy during the day. Often you will feel more productive even a day or so right after the first couple acupuncture treatments. This is the acupuncture restoring your body to its natural state!
What is Insomnia?
Insomnia is defined as difficulty maintaining sleep at least three nights a week. Restful sleep is a human requirement to function. If we do not have a good sleep (at least 7+ hours of sleep per night), we can’t concentrate at work or school, we seem irritable, and quite often our health suffers.
We loose the cognitive ability to remember simple things as dates and appointments as well as have no drive for daily activities like making meals as well as other family and daily duties. The fact is that over 30% of Canadians suffer from some form of sleep deprivation and often seek treatment such as drugs, yoga, and lately acupuncture.
To explain it in scientific terms, insomnia stems from a disruption of the body’s circadian rhythm, an internal clock in the body that governs the timing of hormone production, body temperature, sleep, and other normal functions.
How to prevent insomnia
You may want to look at possible lifestyle changes to help prevent insomnia such as the following daily activities:
- Regular exercise — the best time for exercise is in the afternoon or right before dinner, not to say that a walk after supper would be a bad choice.
- Caffeine – Try to avoid drinking caffeine late at night (especially after 6pm).
- Smoking – Try not to smoke because the nicotine is a drug that can keep you awake for a longer period of time.
- Get lots of sun – This may be hard in our climate north of the border especially in winter in Alberta, but there are alternatives like vitamin D supplements and lighting alternatives for the home. Sunlight helps stimulate the release of melatonin in the body and will help regulate circadian rhythm.
- Reduce stress – Reducing stress can help regulate the body. Try techniques such as yoga, meditation, or deep relaxation at home or at work.
Treatment for Insomnia
There are many preferred treatments for those who suffer from chronic insomnia. Some like mind over matter therapies such as bright light therapy, stimulus control therapy, yoga, reduce smoking and caffeine, and stress reduction.
By far, the best treatment for insomnia is acupuncture. You might not know this but acupuncturists have a long standing tradition of treating insomnia patients successfully, particularly with the aging population. Some alternative treatments for insomnia may be vitamin supplements as well as other herbal remedies.