What Can Acupuncture Do for Insomnia?

18 May, 2020

While statistics are tough to come by, it’s estimated that 30% of the population in the United States copes with sleep disruption, and the primary culprit behind this is insomnia. If you’re struggling to get to sleep and stay asleep, you’ve likely tried a host of different remedies — and if you’re reading this — they’ve been largely unsuccessful. Rather than continuing down frustrating and ineffective treatment paths, why not give acupuncture a try?

At Soul Potential Acupuncture and Wellness, Vonda Muncy has had great success helping her sleep-deprived patients get the rest they need through acupuncture.

Here’s a look at how acupuncture can help with your insomnia.

Insomnia 101

Before we get into the merits of acupuncture as a solution for insomnia, let’s take a closer look at this common sleep disorder. Insomnia is defined as having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, but the problem is often far more complicated than that.

Insomnia is really a catchall term for people who struggle to get the sleep they need, whether it’s the inability to fall asleep, continual waking throughout the night, or waking up too early and not being able to fall back asleep. In other words, it’s disruptive sleep that often leads to daytime fatigue.

Insomnia can come and go, especially during high-stress times, and this type of acute problem usually resolves itself on its own. But chronic insomnia, which is disrupted sleep that occurs at least three nights per week and lasts for three months or more, is an entirely different matter and can cause ongoing mental and physical health problems.

Enter acupuncture

There are many reasons why you may be suffering from insomnia, from a change in your life to environmental factors. Also, pre-existing mental and physical issues may make you more prone to insomnia.

The great thing about acupuncture is that the method works no matter the underlying cause of your insomnia. This is because, at its core, acupuncture is designed for overall wellness. Through acupuncture, we restore the flow of energy in your body, allowing valuable resources to get to where they need to go to address any health issues.

This effect can help with both physical and mental problems because acupuncture rebalances your body, eliminating any blockages and allowing it to function as it should.

When it comes to insomnia, acupuncture works extremely well to relieve stress and anxiety, which play critical roles in insomnia. In fact, insomnia can become a vicious cycle in which you struggle to get the sleep you need, which makes you anxious and stressed — two emotions that further hamper your ability to sleep.

Through acupuncture, we can relieve your stress and anxiety by encouraging a better flow of energy, or qi, in your body. And when you’re more relaxed, sleep is much easier to come by.

If you’d like to explore further how acupuncture can help with your insomnia, please contact our office in Castle Rock, Colorado, to set up an appointment.

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