Insomnia Alleviated With Counseling And Acupuncture
A brief counseling treatment consisting of two in-person sessions and two phone calls appears to alleviate insomnia in older adults for at least six months, according to a new Archives of Internal Medicine study. Counseling can also be combined with acupuncture to reharmonize sleep patterns.
An estimated 15 to 35 percent of older adults have insomnia. Individuals with the condition have difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, non-restorative sleep and symptoms during waking hours that include fatigue, concentration difficulties and mood disturbances.
Insomnia is associated with falls and hip fractures among older adults. Even though pharmacologic and behavioral treatment are approximately equally effective, older adults are prescribed hypnotic agents at disproportionate rates and are also more likely than younger individuals to experience adverse drug effects.
Daniel Buysse, M.D., of University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and colleagues conducted a trial of a brief behavioral treatment involving 79 older adults with insomnia. Thirty-nine received behavioral instruction over four sessions. The other 40 received only general educational material about insomnia and sleep habits.
After four weeks, a larger percentage of those receiving the behavioral treatment showed a favorable response than those who received only educational material (67 percent vs. 25 percent) or were no longer classified as having insomnia (55 percent vs. 13 percent).
Pharmacologic treatment for insomnia may have adverse side effects, such as drowsiness, falls and injury, disorientation, and the risk of addiction. Acupuncture is a drug-free sleep therapy which can reduce the risk aid of dependence and tolerance. Acupuncture can be utilized as a primary or complementary therapy for the treatment of insomnia.
Benefits of acupuncture for insomnia:
• Better sleeping patterns.
• Improved digestive abilities.
• Strengthened immune system.
• Reharmonizes the sleep-wake cycle.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and massage therapy for the treatment of insomnia as well as a wide range of other health conditions. To schedule an appointment call (305) 595-9500. For information about AMC’s Oriental Medicine and Massage Therapy programs ask for Joe Calareso, Admissions Director.