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Acupuncture May Be The Key to Easing Your Insomnia

We’ll all try almost anything to try and get a good night’s sleep. From changing your sleeping habits to buying a new mattress to trying various medicines, there’s a lot of different advice out there. One thing you might not have tried might actually be the best thing to add to your routine - acupuncture.

You may be skeptical, but you shouldn’t be. Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years, and some Western scientists have demonstrated what the Chinese doctors knew back then - acupuncture helps when it comes to sleeplessness. Despite these benefits, only about 7 percent of Americans had tried acupuncture in 2007.

A variety of different things causes insomnia, but it usually boils down to three main categories: stress, illness or injury, and sleep disorders. Acupuncture can help with two of those three categories, specifically stress and injuries.

It’s recommended that you see a doctor before you begin acupuncture, both to rule out sleep disorders and to make sure that there isn’t a more serious underlying injury that needs surgery or other therapies to heal properly. Before you do that, the Mayo Clinic recommends keeping a sleep diary, listing how you feel during the day, what you’ve tried to do to improve your sleep, and how often you wake up at night.

Once you’ve gotten the go-ahead from your doctor, acupuncture could be your new favorite therapy.

Acupuncture has been found to decrease stress, and increase the length of time that you sleep which allows you more time in REM sleep. It may also help reduce anxiety and increase the amount of melatonin that you release throughout the night which may improve the quality of your sleep. Acupuncture has also been used successfully to treat all sorts of muscle pain, even chronic pain, relieving pain by up to 50 percent in a study in the Archives of Internal Medicine. All of that combined makes for a great night’s sleep.

The therapy uses thin needles to stimulate the nerves in particular parts of your body’s neurohormonal pathways, to balance the flow of energy throughout your body and send signals to send endorphins through that particular pathway.

You’ll want to find a certified acupuncturist near you, which you can do by searching through the National Certification Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine’s provider directory. It may take a few treatments for you to see the benefit, particularly if you have issues with chronic pain.

Acupuncture can cause some muscle soreness and bruising at the insertion site, but you shouldn’t experience any other side effects, unlike those that come with most prescription medications. If you are taking any natural supplements, like valerian root or melatonin, it’s also been found to make both treatments more effective than if either was used alone. If needles aren’t your thing, you can also try acupressure, which puts pressure on your body’s pressure points along the same neuropathways without using needles. You should never feel pain while getting either treatment.

You may be skeptical, but you shouldn’t be. Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years, and some Western scientists have demonstrated what the Chinese doctors knew back then - acupuncture helps when it comes to sleeplessness. Despite these benefits, only about 7 percent of Americans had tried acupuncture in 2007.

A variety of different things causes insomnia, but it usually boils down to three main categories: stress, illness or injury, and sleep disorders. Acupuncture can help with two of those three categories, specifically stress and injuries.

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