Acupuncture for Sleep Issues

Is lack of quality sleep affecting your energy, your mood, your ability to work? 

Adequate sleep can be a key determinant of health and vitality.

If stress and anxiety are part of what keeps you from going to sleep or staying asleep, acupuncture can make a difference in shifting over to better patterns.

Acupuncture for Sleep IssuesAcupuncture is commonly used to treat insomnia and many other stress-related conditions. I have helped many clients break the vicious cycle of insomnia through a few acupuncture sessions.  Certain acupuncture points can cause a deep relaxation that lasts for days.   Acupuncture may help with insomnia because it has been show to quieten down (deactivate) the “stress-reaction” part of the brain.

When acupuncture is implemented with other stress reduction techniques, exercise, healthy diet, and good sleep hygiene practices, often clients can get better sleep and be less dependent on sleeping medications.


Research Says Acupuncture Works for Insomnia

In 2009, a comprehensive review was published which included 46 randomized controlled trials of acupuncture compared with no treatment, placebo, or basic medical therapy representing 3811 patients with insomnia. They concluded that “Acupuncture appears to be effective in treatment of insomnia, although further large, rigorous designed trials are warranted to better determine the extent of the effect.

How Many Sessions Do I Need

The number of acupuncture sessions needed to see improvement and lasting effects varies with the individual. Acupuncture works cumulatively, that is, each session builds on the previous one. Generally speaking, a minimum of three treatments is needed in order to create a positive momentum where better sleep patterns can be established.