If you have trouble falling asleep and staying asleep, you are not alone. It is estimated that over 65 million adults suffer from a sleep disorder. The American Sleep Association reports that the most common sleep disorder is insomnia which is characterized by symptoms such as:
- Having difficulty falling asleep
- Feeling tired even after sleep
- Waking frequently throughout the night
- Anxiety, depression, or irritability
- Feeling tired, drowsy, or sleepy during the day
- Memory loss and difficulty focusing
- Worrying about sleep
Insomnia can be caused by physical, psychiatric, and lifestyle conditions which is what makes it challenging to diagnose. Many people from suffer insomnia due to stress, anxiety, drug or alcohol use, or even medical conditions like arthritis and allergies. Medication can also be the cause of your insomnia as many over-the-counter medications list insomnia as a common side effect. Along with the physical- and psychiatric- causes of insomnia, many patients overlook how their lifestyle impacts their sleep. Insomnia can even be triggered or increased by your behaviors and daily patterns.
Specific lifestyles and sleep habits that are common causes of insomnia include:
- Working from home in the evening: This makes it hard to unwind and unable to relax before it’s time to sleep.
- Working on computers late at night: Viewing any form of a digital screen late at night such as the TV, phones, and computers can harm your brain making it feel more alert than it should at night.
- Taking naps in the afternoon: Some people benefit from naps, but for others, even a short rest can throw off their internal sleep cycle and make it harder for them to fall asleep at night.
- Not having a set schedule: Many people think that if you stay up late one night, you can sleep in later another day in the week to make it up. Rather than looking at how many hours you sleep as a quota, you should meet throughout the week; you should instead strive to make it a scheduled pattern. It’s much more beneficial to get improved and patterned sleep, so you don’t confuse your body’s internal clocks.
How Acupuncture Can Help
Acupuncture is designed to relieve pain and tension in your nerves, muscles, and tendons, and as mentioned previously, many patients have insomnia due to their lifestyle, whether it be stress, anxiety, lack of exercise, or poor diet.
If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above, acupuncture therapy can help treat your insomnia. Acupuncture is regularly used to treat insomnia and underlying conditions such as lessening your anxiety and stress, stimulating your body’s natural melatonin production, promoting sleep onset and subjective sleepiness, and reducing sleep disruptions.
It may only take a few acupuncture sessions for you to begin to feel the benefits of this alternative treatment options, and soon, you’ll have noticeable improvements in your ability to go to and stay asleep.
Many patients don’t want to rely on over-the-counter medications or sleeping pills to treat their restlessness to get a good night’s sleep for the rest of their lives, and we understand their concerns. While these prescribed medicines will make you tired and fall asleep, chances are, they are not treating any underlying conditions that may be causing your drowsiness.
At Lok Acupuncture Clinic in Las Vegas, identifying the cause of your insomnia is a critical part of the treatment with acupuncture being used to lessen those issues to help you get a better night’s sleep. Contact us to set up your acupuncture appointment!