Sleep is the body’s way of recuperating, healing, and repairing organs such as the heart and blood vessels. It also ensures that your brain is recharged and prepared for the next day. It plays a crucial role in helping the brain encode information, sort memory, and remember things you learned. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), adults need at least 7 hours of good quality sleep every night to function their best the next day.
Unfortunately, not everyone is lucky enough to get a restful sleep each night. If you struggle to achieve this, you might be suffering from insomnia.
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is a type of sleeping disorder that makes it difficult to fall asleep or to remain asleep. Some even wake up exhausted. Lack of sleep can have a negative effect on how patients perform their daily tasks. Research also shows that sleep deprivation is associated with a higher risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.
Insomnia can be triggered by stress and daily habits that can disrupt the body’s normal circadian rhythm, such as shift work, poor sleep habits, and using electronics at night. Using recreational drugs and drinking alcoholic and caffeinated beverages can also lead to insomnia.
Are anxiety and insomnia linked?
Stress is a common cause of insomnia; when you are stressed, you are also anxious about what’s going to happen next. According to Harvard Health, 50% of adults with a generalized anxiety disorder also suffer from sleeping problems.
Anxiety and insomnia are linked in such that sleep deprivation can increase your risk for developing anxiety disorders, worsen anxiety symptoms, and even delay recovery. Likewise, anxiety can disrupt one’s sleeping pattern and contribute to poor sleep quality.
What are the benefits of acupuncture treatment for insomnia and anxiety?
People with insomnia have an unbalanced sleep-wake cycle (or circadian rhythm). Acupuncture can help by restoring balance to this cycle and relaxing the mind to achieve high-quality sleep. Treating your anxiety and insomnia early on can also save you from possible complications of chronic sleep deprivation, such as depression, weight gain, and heart disease.
Acupuncture treatment has many benefits for people suffering from insomnia and anxiety. Patients who sought treatment from our acupuncturist in Gainesville have experienced the following effects:
- Higher energy at daytime
- Enhanced productivity
- Increased mental clarity
- Lower anxiety and stress levels
- Restful and high-quality sleep
- Better mood and social relationships
Is acupuncture an effective treatment for insomnia and anxiety?
The short answer is yes. In fact, many scientific research and studies verify the effectiveness of acupuncture for treating insomnia and anxiety.
Research published in the Annals of General Psychiatry has studied the benefits of acupuncture for patients with a generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) and concluded that acupuncture was effective in reducing their anxiety symptoms.
In another study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, it was found that acupuncture is effective in treating insomnia. The results of clinical trials have shown that patients who had acupuncture experienced a significant increase in total sleep duration than those who had medications. Similarly, using acupuncture and medicine together has a synergetic effect on improving sleep than medication alone.
And in yet another study published in the Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies, it was found that acupuncture significantly improved the symptoms of two chronic insomnia patients. In the study, the researchers used polysomnography to compare the quality and duration of the patients’ sleep before acupuncture and 1 month after acupuncture. After treatment, the patients experienced lesser fatigue, sleep disturbance, morning headache, and mood swings. They also felt more refreshed after sleep and had better motivation and performance in the daytime.
A study published in Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine journal has concluded that traditional or Verum acupuncture was significantly more effective than estazolam (tranquilizer) and sham (placebo) acupuncture in improving the quality of sleep and daytime performance of patients with primary insomnia.
Tips to get a good night’s sleep for those with insomnia and anxiety
Here are some tips that can help you get high-quality sleep at night and maximize the effects of acupuncture treatment for insomnia and anxiety:
Control your environment
Make your bedroom conducive for sleeping. Use the bed only for sleeping, limit any source of noise, remove gadgets and entertainment appliances from the room, and make the bedroom as comfortable as you can.
Avoid taking naps
Taking naps can give you short bursts of energy you need throughout the day, making you have reserve energy at night. Avoid taking naps to make you feel more tired and ready for a long sleep at bedtime.
Avoid drinking caffeinated beverages and smoking cigarettes (which contain nicotine) before bedtime, as these can stimulate your brain and prevent you from feeling sleepy.
Do some relaxation techniques
Doing breathing exercises, taking a warm bath, and meditating before bedtime can ease your anxiety, calm your mind, and prep you for a comfortable sleep.
Stick to a bedtime routine
Your bedtime routine can include your relaxation technique. You can also practice a consistent sleep and wake habit, as it can train your body to initiate sleep and wake up at the same time every day.
What to expect from our acupuncturist in Gainesville Fl
During your consultation with our acupuncturist, Dr. Weiwei Guan, you will be interviewed about your medical history and lifestyle to determine the underlying cause of your sleeping problems. She will use this information to decide what acupuncture and traditional Chinese treatment suits you best. She will perform different acupuncture techniques based on the cause of imbalance in the body.
Since your lifestyle may also affect sleep quality and duration, your acupuncturist will also ask you about your sleeping habits and routine. Together, you can work out better habits that can lead to better sleep quality and restore balance in your body and life.
Where to get acupuncture treatment for insomnia and anxiety?
If you are looking for an established acupuncture clinic that offers acupuncture for insomnia and anxiety, visit us at Guan Physical Therapy and Acupuncture Clinic. Our goal is to help you get restful sleep and improve your quality of life through acupuncture and traditional Chinese Medicine in Gainesville, Fl.
For more than 130 years, our world-class acupuncture has eased aches and pains, promoted nerve recovery, rebalanced hormones, and helped people sleep better.
If you are interested in an appointment or have questions, contact us or give us a call at (352) 353-0288.
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