Do you find it difficult to sleep? Do you wake up in the night and can’t get back to sleep? These are the exhausting symptoms of insomnia, which can affect not only sleep but also your everyday life. Having difficulty sleeping is quite a common problem, especially when a person is stressed, worried or upset about something. At least one-third of Australians experience significant sleep problems at some point in their lives, although only 5% will need professional treatment. Insomnia usually lasts for a short time, although it can go on for months or even years. Some people want to solve everything with sleeping pills and other similar drugs however others are aware and afraid of the side effects of these kinds of drugs. Acupuncture for insomnia has been widely known to help people suffering from sleep problems over the past few years as an alternative treatment.
What Effect Does It Have on Sleep?
Acupuncture is commonly used in treating insomnia in China. Some clinical studies have shown that acupuncture for insomnia may have a beneficial effect on insomnia compared with Western medication. Acupuncture appears to be effective in treatment of sleep disorders, making it a natural insomnia treatment option. However, further large, rigorous designed trials are warranted.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncturists use very thin, sterile needles that are inserted into specific points of the body to stimulate nerves and muscles. The needles are painless and are used to open channels of life energy, which have become blocked. It is thought that the treatment stimulates blood flow and helps ease pain. And it’s not just sleep that can be improved, acupuncture has also been shown to help with a wide range of health problems.
Is Acupuncture Right for Me?
If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk with your GP first to rule out any serious underlying problems. Then discuss first-line treatment methods that may be more effective (like changing your sleep schedule) or cheaper and easier to implement (like exercising more) than acupuncture. If you do decide to try acupuncture, the risks of complication are generally low. However, it’s best to ask your doctor to recommend a trusted professional before you book an appointment.
Contact us for a consultation
We use acupuncture plus Chinese herbal medicines to help with insomnia relief. For more information regarding acupuncture for insomnia and sleep at our Perth or Subiaco clinics, please call your closest location (Perth Clinic: 57/76 Newcastle Street (08) 9228 8828, Subiaco Clinic: 6/1 Sheen Street (08) 9380 4171). Alternatively, you can send us your queries through our online contact page.