Acupuncture for Sleep: What’s Affecting You from the Outside?
Insomnia is the ongoing inability to get asleep and/or stay asleep and is becoming a common issue in our busy lives. The demands of working and family can create tension and stress making it difficult to calm our body and mind. We often have difficulty relaxing enough to get sufficient rest to face the next day which affects our quality of living, efficiency at work, energy levels, and emotions.
Sleep problems affect everyone in different ways. The patterns of stress you have accumulated in your body may manifest differently for each individual. Chinese medicine breaks down insomnia into two types, people have trouble falling asleep at night or people who have difficulty staying asleep.
What is the reason you are having trouble sleeping?
There are various reasons for insomnia. Once you can identify possible reasons you may start to work on them. Some examples include: periods of heightened stress, medical illnesses, medication side effects, pain, too much stimulation from technology, caffeine and stimulants, menopause, urinary frequency, restless legs, alcohol, and eating after hours.
What time of the night are you waking up?
According to the Chinese body clock, you can reference the time of night you are waking and possibly gain some insight into what acupuncture meridian needs balancing in order to help you sleep.
What emotion do you experience most often?
Chinese medicine links emotions to the organ and meridian systems. By referencing what type of emotions, you experience the most, this may indicate the need to support that organ and meridian. For example, if you are an over-worrier you may resonate more with the spleen and anger resonates more with the liver.
Have you ever thought of trying Acupuncture to improve your quality of sleep?
Western conventional medicine offers pharmacological treatments that help in the short term, however they typically come with additional side effects. Often lifestyle changes are needed in order to shift your sleep pattern.
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views insomnia as agitation of the "shen" (spirit/mind). TCM differentiates various patterns in the body that are causing agitation of the shen and looks for imbalances in circulation and temperature. A great reason to make a conscious effort for sleepis that the CDC (Center for Disease Control) has labelled sleep deprivation a public health epidemic.
Chinese medicine looks at the body as a whole and not individual organ systems. Each individual receives a specific holistic acupuncture treatment designed to address the symptoms the patient has. A treatment plan is then customized to that individuals needs to get you back to sleeping like you did when you were a child.
Concerned about your quality and quantity of sleep? Give Acubalance a call at 604-678-8600 to schedule a free 15 minute phone consultation to see what your individualized treatment plan may look like.
In good health,
Jordan Titchener, R.Ac. PCP., CLT.