ABC Acupuncture: Insomnia

As many as 16 million UK adults suffer from sleepless nights; a third say they have insomnia.

Ask yourself, do you?

  • Find it difficult to fall to sleep
  • Lie awake for long periods at night
  • Wake up several times during the night
  • Wake up early and struggle to go back to sleep
  • Not feel refreshed when you wake up
  • Find it hard to nap in the day, despite feeling tired
  • Feel tired and irritable during the day and have difficulty concentrating

Almost half of Britons say that stress or worry keeps them up at night. Physical concerns such as heart problems or chronic pain can also impact sleep.

A few lifestyle considerations to improve sleep include;

  • Check your mattress – is it right for you?
  • Time you go to bed- regular time each night?
  • Consider what you do to wind down
  • Exercise- people who exercise 5 times a week are less likely to have trouble sleeping

For poor sleep consider making a few lifestyle changes or see how acupuncture can help you.

If you are suffering from insomnia; first see your GP; they can treat any underlying health conditions, or prescribe drugs for your insomnia. Acupuncture can be safely combined with conventional medical treatments, helping to reduce side effects and enhance benefits.  Acupuncture is a holistic therapy without side effects and helps the body heal itself.

In general, acupuncture is believed to stimulate the nervous system- this regulates levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, promoting physical and emotional wellbeing. Stimulation of specific acupuncture points has been shown to affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, as well as promoting relaxation and deactivating the ‘analytical’ brain, which is responsible for insomnia and anxiety (Hui 2010)

Call or text Hannah:  07885633308 to book an appointment.

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