Insomnia is common among American adults, with 35.2 percent of adults sleeping less than the seven hours recommended each night. Men, adults ages 45 to 54, and multiracial people have the highest rates of insomnia.
A sleep disorder, insomnia occurs when you find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep at night. You may stay up late when you don't want to, wake up in the night and have a hard time getting back down, waking up too early in the morning, or just feel tired when you wake up.
Not getting enough sleep at night can leave you feeling fatigued and unable to function well the next day. It can be a serious health risk, too, increasing your risk for conditions including:
Insomnia treatments include cognitive and behavioral therapy, sleep aids, and alternative medicine including acupuncture. Lifestyle changes and improvements to your sleep hygiene can be helpful as well.
What Acupuncture Does for Insomnia
Research has found that acupuncture can be a safe treatment for insomnia. Participants who received acupuncture treatment three times a week for four weeks showed improvement in insomnia severity, sleep efficiency, total sleep time, and even depression. The effects of acupuncture treatment for insomnia improved with time, with sleep awakenings and anxiety improving after two and four week follow ups.
Another study found acupuncture can be effective for improving sleep quality and psychological distress in the elderly. After 10 acupuncture, participants showed improvement in sleep quality, depression, and stress.
How to Improve Insomnia Symptoms
Try these methods for improving your insomnia symptoms, including acupuncture, lifestyle changes, and sleep hygiene.
Insomnia can be difficult to live with, but there are options for treatment including acupuncture. Don't let your insomnia continue. Treat it today for a better night's sleep and a more refreshed tomorrow.
Verity Allen - BSc, BA, MBAcC, Lic Ac