When people have trouble sleeping they may turn to aids like melatonin or prescription drugs and risk side-effects or dependency. Acupuncture treatments are a great natural option to add to your self-care regimen to encourage a healthy amount of rest. Below is some information on sleep disorders and how the ancient practice allows for longer, more satisfying shut-eye in our fast-paced world.
Understanding Sleep Disorders
According to the American Psychiatric Association, between 10-20% of people seeking primary care note that they have difficulty sleeping. This can range from troubles falling asleep, inability to stay asleep, waking up not feeling rested, narcolepsy, or restless leg syndrome.
Insomnia, one of the most severe instances of these issues, is characterized by difficulty falling and remaining asleep. The condition can be temporary, such as during a traumatizing period of life after a loved one’s death. Or, it may last for months and be caused by a change in the environment, such as a new job or home, or due to a mental or physical issue.
How Acupuncture Helps
A report published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine noted that acupuncture is a low-risk treatment that can improve blood flow and reduce pain, potentially minimizing the effects of sleep apnea and encouraging better rest. The article noted that a series of 10 sleep trials found that individuals who had acupuncture care had a greater likelihood of increasing their total hours of sleep.
An article published by the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine noted that acupuncture is successful in treating sleep disorders because it doesn’t just treat the symptoms — it addresses disharmony in the body. By balancing the Qi, or energy, through stimulating certain points and meridians on the body, this treatment can reduce the effects of stress hormones like cortisol and improve one’s ability to get adequate rest.
Individuals seeking better nightly sleep should schedule acupuncture appointments with Cindy E. Levitz, Lic. Acupuncturist, PLLC in Manhattan, NY. Located in the Flatiron/Chelsea neighborhood, and also serving Murray Hill, Gramercy Park and Midtown South, Cindy E. Levitz offers holistic health services, including acupuncture, Asian bodywork and herbal medicine, to help people live healthy lives. To learn about how she uses this effective, natural medicine to treat various conditions and symptoms, call (212) 924-8034. Visit the website for information on her customized approach to minimize anxiety, reduce stress, and mitigate pain to encourage a good night’s sleep.