Stress and insomnia often go hand in hand. There are two categories of insomnia sufferers:
1) Cannot fall asleep as the brain is wired despite feeling tired, OR
2) Cannot stay asleep
Overtime, lack of sleep will affect your mood, energy level and overall sense of well-being. If you are noticing yourself experiencing the following symptoms, its time to get help :
1) Easily agitated;
2) Mood swings;
3) Erratic eating habits;
4) Difficulty concentrating;
5) Sleepy around 11 am or 2 pm;
6) Worry a lot
7) Nite sweats
8) Side effect of medication (s)
9) Traumatic life events e.g. death, divorce, job loss etc.
Typically when patients come in with insomnia as a chief complain, it is already a chronic condition i.e. patient has been suffering with insomnia for years or it has been going on for more than 6 months.
Upon evaluation and understanding the root cause of your insomnia, we will typically combine acupuncture, herbs/ nutrition and chages in lifestyle to let you enjoy your down time and also your day time functioning level.
How Acupuncture Can Help You
Several combinations of acupuncture points will be utilised to help you relax, let go of fear, improve circulation and quiet your mind.
Over a series of sessions, you will notice that its easier for you to fall asleep and that your sleep is deeper and more rested. Please note that patients' results will vary and it is not common that some patients may experience an exarcebation of their condition while they are trying to heal their bodies.
How Can Nutrtion and Lifestyele Changes Help You
If you have a tough time falling asleep, we would evaluate your adrenal systems. Having a Type A personality and always on the go, sends our adrenaline on an overdrive. If your mind is 'always busy' and you cannot 'shut them down' or just lay down with 'eyes wide open', we will put you on herbs/ supplements to support your kidney/ adrenal system.
If you always wake up between 2am-5am regularly and have a tough time falling back to sleep or hungry and eating or drinking milk helps you sleep again, we will look at your blood sugar regulation/ handling abilities. Patients are encouraged to eat an avocado about 30 mins - 60 mins before going to sleep to help them stay a sleep.
We encourage patients to not drink alcohol, stimulants e.g. coffee or heavy, greasy foods to improve their sleep.
If you are ready to get back your sleep and your health, please call us at 909.590.4183 for your appointment needs.
Ida I Mat Aris, L.Ac. founder of Healing Circle Community Acupuncture and Healing Circle Veterans Acupuncture Project loves to educate and empower her patients and followers with simple healing acupressure techniques, latest articles on health and well-being and recipes for healthy eating. She is dedicated in helping her patients heal from within and have been successful in pulling off medications from their regimen. An avid learner, she keeps herself abreast by learning continuously from experts in the fields of nutrition, herbology and functional medicine.