Insomnia is a condition in which a person has problem falling asleep or staying asleep. We will talk about insomnia that pertains to low quality of sleep with symptoms persisting for a month or more and arising at least 3 times a week.
All people can potentially suffer from insomnia. In the modern world, this condition is so prevalent that it affects around 30% to 40% of all adult Americans each year. This rate goes even higher among women and the elderly.
Research has revealed that cases of sleeplessness likely rise with age and women are more prone than men in developing insomnia because of menstrual periods, menopause, or pregnancy. It’s also important to mention that Insomnia can be a condition in its own right, as well as a sign/symptom of another, more serious illness.
Acute or short term insomnia which can last for one or several nights, if left untreated, can worsen into chronic or long-term insomnia. This type of insomnia can go on for months, and in some instances, even years.
Insomnia symptoms can manifest in many ways:
• Waking up and not feeling refreshed or rested
• Problems going back asleep after waking up
• Waking up early
• Waking up throughout the night
• Light sleeping
• Difficulty falling asleep
The emotional, mental, and physical quality of life of the patient can be negatively affected by any of these symptoms. The mental and physical tiredness that usually comes with this condition can adversely affect a person’s activities during waking hours in a severe way resulting in tension headaches, poor concentration, anxiety, irritability, fatigues and daytime drowsiness.
Insomnia can lead to additional illnesses, complications, and other health issues if it’s left untreated.
The symptoms of insomnia are not always resolved with pharmaceutical drugs. Such treatments also have their own unwanted and harmful side effects. On the other hand, acupuncture in Bellmore is an especially effective insomnia treatment that does not require the use of pharmaceutical medications. It is a safe non-pharmaceutical alternative for people suffering from sleep disorders who would rather avoid problems that may arise with the use of medication (side effects and dependency). There are reports that show a maximum 90% rate of success in treatment of insomnia through specific acupuncture procedures.
Although its origins came from China millennia ago, acupuncture is now a well-known, proven and effective mode of healing that is used worldwide. Administration of this therapy is through the sticking of slender needles into certain acupuncture points that are found at various parts of the body.
Exercise and relaxation techniques can help in the treatment of insomnia. These can include natural health techniques such as yoga, tai chi, qi gong, and meditation that can go a long way in helping attain a more profound and extremely relaxing state of sleep by lessening the effects of everyday stress that’s one of the biggest contributors to the problem.
Equally essential is the need to establish and maintain healthy sleeping habits:
• Do not go to bed until you’re really tired or drowsy
• Do not nap or sleep during the day
• Every day (including weekends), make it a point to set your alarm clock to wake you up at the same time
• Sleep in a comfortable, quiet, and peaceful bedroom atmosphere that’s conducive to sleep. Take into account important factors such as lighting, and room temperature.
• Use the bed only for sex or sleep (no lounging, studying, reading, eating, TV, etc.)
• Near bedtime refrain from nicotine and alcohol
• During afternoon and evening hours, avoid taking caffeinated beverages
• If you wake during sleep at night, avoid worrying about time and look at the clock, just lie down in a comfortable position try to go back to sleep
• If you can’t fall asleep quickly, just get out of bed and walk to another room until you get tired enough to go back to bed
• Do not perform any strenuous exercises stimulating activities just before bedtime
Alternative and natural therapies such as acupuncture can be a very effective way of falling asleep and resolving insomnia, especially when their combined with the recommendations mentioned above.
Talking with your doctor is always the best way to fight insomnia and any other forms of disorders/ diseases; however, the number of medical doctors who are extolling and supporting the use of natural therapies and referring their patients for acupuncture treatments are steadily growing each day.
If you have a sleeping disorder, you need to consider acupuncture as a potential cure for your problem.