Insomnia is a sleep disorder associated with difficulty falling or staying asleep, and is such a common problem that sleep aids are more widely used than ever. Acupuncture can be utilized as a primary or complementary therapy for the treatment of acute and chronic insomnia.
Insomnia can be managed with a combination of acupuncture and lifestyle modifications. Recommended lifestyle modifications include:
- Keep waking time and bedtime consistent.
- Avoid long naps during the day.
- Eliminate noise and light in the bedroom.
- Avoid vigorous exercise in the evening.
Nearly 60 percent of adults report trouble sleeping at some time in their lives. Complementary and alternative medicine therapies, such as acupuncture and herbal medicine, are used by over 1.6 million adults to treat insomnia and related sleep disorders.
Insomnia can be caused by stress, environmental noise, poor nutrition, chronic pain, digestive disorders, and medication, among other factors. Conventional care treatment for insomnia often includes medication and somatic therapies aimed at symptom management. Many medications can have adverse side effects.
Using acupuncture for insomnia as well as herbal medicine are safe alternatives to conventional care that can correct the imbalances causing sleep irregularities without side effects or risk of dependency. Acupuncture can help to manage pain-related conditions that may exacerbate insomnia, and can reharmonize the sleep-wake cycle while calming the nervous system.
Acupuncture & Massage College’s Community Clinic offers acupuncture, massage therapy and herbal medicine for the treatment of a wide range of health conditions as well as for overall wellness. 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.