Those who suffer from insomnia know that it is a much greater issue then simply tossing and turning. Insomnia takes many different forms. Whether you have difficulty falling asleep, have very light sleep and are awakened by the slightest noise, wake up in the middle of the night and just can’t fall back asleep, or wake up long before your alarm clock, you know the toll it takes on your mind and body. After weeks or months of insomnia the more serious issues begin, the issues that affect you during the day. These people will eventually experience fatigue, lethargy, irritability, depression, physical tiredness, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, and possibly other serious conditions.

Insomnia has many causes. Some of the more common causes are stress, anxiety, and depression, medications, consumption of excessive amounts of caffeine, eating too late at night, or changes in your environment or work schedule. A number of medical conditions are also responsible for insomnia including chronic pain, frequent urination, lung disease, hyperthyroidism, GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), arthritis, Parkinson disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and many more. The good news is that insomnia is not a condition you have to live with. In many cases simple life style changes will correct the problem. Educating yourself on healthy sleeping habits, practicing some relaxation techniques, having a regular bedtime, keeping in good shape, reducing food and drinks late at night, as well as some other nutritional counseling and life style changes will be very helpful in putting an end to insomnia.

Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine have been shown to have a very high success rate with treating insomnia and the symptoms related to insomnia. Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment of insomnia includes a complete diagnosis and treatment plan that is uniquely designed for each patient to treat the root cause of the insomnia. Typically chronic insomnia treatment will call for about 6-10 initial treatments with the patient seeing the acupuncturist 2-3 times a week. After this there will be 2-4 weeks where the patient will come in once a week or until the insomnia has resolved. After the initial couple of treatments your acupuncturist will be able to give you a better idea of how many treatments you will likely need.

Don’t let insomnia get in the way of your life. Call your acupuncturist today to begin treatment and get back to a healthy sleep schedule and more enjoyable days!