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In the United States, It is estimated that about 10% of adults suffer from insomnia. More than 40% have had or will have insomnia at some point in their lives. This condition may mean that one has a hard time falling asleep, waking up during the night, has problems staying asleep, or find it difficult to fall asleep. It is likely that you have insomnia if you are not able to sleep through the night or of it takes you longer than thirty minutes to fall asleep.

The telltale signs of insomnia are as follows:

– Poor memory
– Inability to concentrate
– High risk for accidents
– Daytime sleepiness

People need to sleep to strengthen their memories of the previous day and if they can’t get adequate sleep, their short term and long term memories can be compromised. If you are suffering from chronic insomnia, you are at risk of suffering from diabetes, obesity, and heart disease.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

Your doctor can give your prescription drugs for your sleeping problems but all of those drugs can be addictive and are meant to be used as a short-term remedy to your insomnia. Because of this, more and more people are turning to natural alternative remedies such as acupuncture to cure their insomnia. This ancient healing practice which is a major component of TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) has been proven in numerous studies to help a person get quality and adequate sleep and to help him/her fall asleep much faster.

Filiform needles are stuck into specific acupoints on the body in an acupuncture treatment. The needles are believed to restore the proper flow of vital energy known as qi when inserted appropriately. This leads to the body returning to a state of balance that resolves health problems like insomnia. Recent research has revealed that when acupuncture is used to treat insomnia, the GABA (gamma-amino butyric acid) levels are increased, which is crucial in one’s ability to feel sleepy, fall asleep, and stay asleep.

Study Outcomes

A recent study dealing with the effectiveness of acupuncture in curing insomnia in Miami involved a group of subjects all suffering from insomnia. They were randomly treated with acupuncture and no treatment for insomnia. The researchers measure the subjects’ quantifiable measure of sleep quality like the Index of Severity of Insomnia and the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index.

The researchers documented findings that were deemed good in terms of how they were laid out in the measurement of acupuncture and insomnia. Poor studies were removed and biases excluded from the evaluation. What was revealed was that there was a consistent improvement in the quality of sleep of those treated with acupuncture. A total of 67 people participated in this study. The studies revealed that the subjects who received acupuncture had a significant improvement in sleep compared to those who were not treated with acupuncture.

In 2004, another study demonstrated that patients who have sleeping difficulties due to anxiety were able to get some sleep, slept better, and showed higher levels of melatonin which is a sleep inducer compared to the subjects who were not treated with acupuncture. The body’s own natural hormone for getting to sleep, melatonin helps the body get ready to sleep. An acupuncture treatment can help boost melatonin levels in the body which is one reason why this treatment is a powerful way to induce sleep.

One other study demonstrated acupuncture’s ability to cure insomnia in people who were otherwise healthy but were suffering from insomnia. After receiving acupuncture, these people were able to sleep better. This treatment also raises the threshold of pain in the body which can be helpful for people who cannot sleep because of chronic pain.

As reported on the website of the NIH (National Institute of Health) 46 randomized trials had been performed involving more than 3800 patients who were assessed by scientists

Based on the results of those trials, it was revealed that acupuncture resolves insomnia compared with no treatment at all. It was also shown that acupuncture was seen to be superior to sleeping drugs in people whose sleep extended to as much as three hours. When it come to average sleep duration, however, no difference was found between the drugs and acupuncture.

When used along with herbs, it was demonstrated that acupuncture was significantly better than herbs alone in boosting sleep rates.

It was also determined that when combined with sleeping drugs, acupuncture was found to be more effective than drugs for total sleep duration.

It was also evidenced that with acupuncture treatments, no severe adverse effects were found.

Getting Started

Talk to a reputable acupuncturist for good advice. A lot of those practitioners are practicing at reputable clinics. These clinics are where nurse and doctors also work to provide with you with alternative and conventional treatments for insomnia and other conditions.

All natural and completely safe, acupuncture is a treatment you should try to help you fall asleep quickly and sleep much better and longer.

Written by Valerie

September 19th, 2016 at 12:56 pm

Posted in Acupuncture

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