It’s ironic: as children, many of us didn’t want to take a nap. There was so much to explore and so much to do, we didn’t want to go to sleep. As adults, immersed in the stress and hectic schedules of our daily lives, we would welcome the opportunity we had as kids. If only we could simply slip into a siesta at our desks!
Sleep is not a luxury — it is a vital part of our survival! Granted, we all have trouble falling asleep now and then (that evening Starbucks might be too hard to resist!). However, when this becomes a chronic problem, you’re placing your health in jeopardy.
How does acupuncture help you sleep?
While more research needs to be done to understand the full effects of acupuncture, there is a great deal of evidence about how acupuncture can be a natural solution to sleep disorders. Here are five ways it helps:
Acupuncture promotes relaxation, which can help you fall asleep.
It’s just too hard to get a decent night of shut eye when the day’s events are still rattling around in your head. Acupuncture can help you feel less anxious, which of course, contributes to getting satisfactory sleep.
Acupuncture can help relieve sleep apnea by strengthening your tongue.
Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous condition where you stop breathing for several seconds at a time throughout the night. While that may not sound like a lot, over the course of the night, it can build up to create a potentially dangerous situation.
Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, but snoring is one of the major symptoms. If you aren’t sure if you have sleep apnea, you can take one of these self-assessment quizzes from the American Sleep Apnea Association.
It can help relieve allergy congestion.
It’s painfully obvious; if you can’t breathe, you can’t sleep. Chronic congestion means you miss restorative sleep, spending the rest of your day in a groggy fog that can affect your work performance. Acupuncture is a great, natural way to find allergy relief.
Acupuncture “revives” the body’s natural healing response.
Western medicine studies are confirming what ancient Chinese medicine has been saying for thousands of years. According to the University of California at San Diego’s Center for Integrative Medicine, acupuncture helps improve the quality of your sleep by stimulating your nervous system, cardiovascular system and digestive system. Therefore, it’s easy to see how acupuncture helps improve the quality of your sleep.
Acupuncture provides pain relief that can help you snooze.
Chronic pain can keep anyone from falling asleep. Acupuncture can help relieve this pain so you can get restorative sleep.
Will acupuncture help you sleep? Give it a try!
If it’s your first time trying acupuncture, don’t worry. We believe you’ll find it an invigorating and relaxing experience. We’d love to show you how to achieve a natural night’s sleep without depending upon sleep medications – many of which have addictive properties. Contact us for a free, 20-minute consultation.
Connecticut Family Acupuncture is dedicated to helping as many people as possible realize their optimum health naturally, without the use of pharmaceutical or surgical interventions. We are committed to our patients and utilize our extensive knowledge of Traditional Chinese Medicine to address each individual’s health concerns. Connecticut Family Acupuncture has offices in West Hartford and Bolton. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment.