Insomnia is a sleep disorder characterized by difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or experiencing non-restorative sleep. Acupuncture aims to restore balance in the body and promote better sleep patterns. Here's how acupuncture may help with insomnia:
Regulation of the nervous system: Acupuncture has been found to have a calming effect on the nervous system. It can help regulate the sympathetic (fight-or-flight) and parasympathetic (rest-and-digest) branches of the autonomic nervous system, promoting relaxation conducive to sleep.
Melatonin regulation: Melatonin is a hormone that plays a key role in regulating the sleep-wake cycle. Research suggests that acupuncture may help regulate melatonin levels, improving sleep quality and timing.
Stress reduction: Stress and anxiety can contribute to insomnia. Acupuncture sessions can promote relaxation and reduce stress levels, which may help alleviate the psychological factors that disrupt sleep.
Pain management: Chronic pain conditions can interfere with sleep. Acupuncture is known for its analgesic properties and may help manage pain, improving sleep quality.
Regulation of circadian rhythms: Acupuncture may influence the body's internal clock and circadian rhythms, which are important for maintaining healthy sleep patterns. By promoting balance within the body, acupuncture may help regulate the timing of sleep and wakefulness.
It's important to note that insomnia can have various underlying causes, including medical conditions, medications, lifestyle factors, and psychological factors. Acupuncture should be part of a comprehensive treatment approach that may also address these underlying factors.
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