I’m a firm believer in a good night’s sleep. It can reduce stress and help you enjoy the day. Acupuncture for insomnia is effective for many people. We all have a time in our life that we can’t sleep it might be nothing more than an occasional thing.
The Many Causes Of Insomnia
- What’s on your mind?
If we have a lot on our minds, it can race across the screen in our mental eye. What was it he said to us today? Are you ready for the presentation tomorrow? Why are you and your spouse fighting so much? All valid questions but not right before bed.
When we let our life go to sleep with us, we have a cruel lover for a night partner. It can wake us hours later or hold us hostage not letting slumber take us.
Acupuncture for insomnia will help so will definite herbal and supplemental mixtures. As a health coach many clients never visit the office, we simply work with a phone consult and natural medicine. If you’re local, add acupuncture to health coaching.
Learning how to stop an overzealous mind is the first order of business. Therapy like dry needling another name for acupuncture assists along the way.
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- Did you unwind before bed?
I call it mindfulness or meditation. It’s taking the time to breathe deeply and release the day. Inhale saying something like I am filled with peace and as you exhale say mentally I release this day knowing all is well. Remember you can’t change the past and the future is yet to be written.
- Are you sleeping in front of the TV?
Many clients have a TV in their room or fall asleep on the couch before going to their bedroom. Both are not healthy habits. I could go on about electric emissions affecting your body, but there are countless studies regarding it. EM Watch has interesting information and so does the ever popular WebMD about how TV and other devices into your bedroom.
- What did you eat or drink today?
Our stomachs are connected to our head if you doubt it, think how sugar gave you a rush then let you crash during the day. Heavy food takes time to digest, wine converts to sugar hours later for a reverse effect of regular sweeten. Foods that you’re sensitive to yet still eat often have an adverse reaction during the middle of the night. The reaction is insomnia. We don’t think of it as a response, but it is when food disagrees with our own chemistry.
- Are you in pain?
Acupuncture for insomnia is the number one relief when the patient has pain. It not only helps you sleep it relieves pain more effectively than any other form of natural medicine. Many pain management patients prefer acupuncture injections for the pain relief. Sarapin is a natural plant that stops pain like cortisone but without the side-effects.
- Are you overweight?
Carrying extra pounds around is hard work during the day at night it leads to other problems like bursitis an inflammation of the bursa. Being overweight guarantees inflammation in your joints making you stiff waking you early often. Acupuncture can help with the inflammation and overweight problems. Being overweight is not the end of your life and if you’ve struggled with weightloss consider our health coaching
- Is the other person in bed keeping you up?
Have a partner or spouse in bed, how about a pet? If they can’t sleep, you might be able to either. There are times my husband wakes me and I wake him. If you’re a light sleeper, consider looking into the new mattress that decrease motion.
Acupuncture for Insomnia An Excellent Treatment
When you can’t sleep, it can be acute or chronic. If your insomnia lasts more than 10 days then we couple acupuncture treatment with herbs or proper supplements.
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“Last night I closed my eyes only to wake a full hour before I had to get up. I can’t sleep once again. Worse yet it is Saturday; my only morning to sleep in.” It’s been a busy week and like you, I need sleep to recoup my energy. Clients share some version of their insomnia with me weekly. This is just one that I heard recently. Many people can’t sleep. The reason varies. There are many natural ways to get a good nights’ sleep.
Copious numbers of people try prescription drugs like Ambien or Lunesta only to experience horrible side effects. They range from bad dreams, sleep-walking, not being able to wake up. Lower Libido is another complaint I keep hearing too. The one time I tried it I hallucinated!
Even some forms of natural medicine can have side effects. My advice don’t give up with holistic aids there is more than the name of the product or ingredient to consider. There is the cultivation and the foods you consume. That’s right your mix of foods, and natural substances, when you can’t sleep, can interact.
Why Our Minds Can’t Sleep
When we can’t sleep, it may be our minds are over-busy, or we suffer from physical pain. These are the two most common problems that create the sleeplessness. Increasingly a high percentage of sleep issue is hormonal in both men and women! I’ve seen patients with insomnia for many reasons; I don’t give up and encourage you to not either.
Our brain and nervous system need neurotransmitters or chemicals to function. When our minds can’t slow down, these chemicals don’t activate correctly. Acupuncture is an extremely helpful part of a healing program for long-term or chronic sleepless nights. There’re three types of sleep aids I like to recommend to help you when you can’t sleep. I’ll cover one in this article, share a few, and include the others in another article.
The Body’s Hormone For Insomnia
Melatonin, for instance, is a natural hormone made by the Pineal gland inside the brain. Our brain knows to stop making it from light hitting the eye. Because we stay up late, have on bright lightening, the Pineal gland doesn’t get the signal.
I had to try a few brands to find one that didn’t cause nightmares for me. This is a common consequence, especially when taken within 2-3 hours of drinking alcohol. Some clients do better with a sublingual form over a capsule. For me, it doesn’t matter it’s how it made. This is why I encourage people to try numerous brands before giving up on Melatonin.
A few other forms we use are a homeopathic remedy and slow release blend. Sometimes the type of Melatonin you take makes the difference for insomnia.
How melatonin works in our body is different from the other sleep-aids I’ll share with you in this article. It is similar to a clock starting to increase around 9 pm making you sleepy and decreasing to untraceable levels at 9 am. Lowering lights, turning down the TV, or shutting it and computers off at 9 pm can enhance your ability to fall asleep naturally. If you don’t go to bed until a few hours later, fill this time reading in a gentle light that doesn’t fill the entire room.
When You Can’t Sleep Try Natural Options
Melatonin isn’t the only natural formula I recommend to clients with insomnia. When I can’t sleep a few specific herbal prescriptions or my favorite, a neurotransmitter work wonders. Gaba or Gamma-Amino Butyric acid is another neurotransmitter. It acts as a tranquilizer for most people. It is non-habit forming and it is a chemical that is made in the brain.
It is used for relieving anxiety, improving mood, reducing symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), and treating attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). It is also used for promoting lean muscle growth, burning fat, stabilizing blood pressure, and relieving pain, according to WebMD.
Even deficiencies in micronutrients can cause insomnia. We offer testing to help you get to the root of the problem and treat it naturally.
I’ve had patients who haven’t had a good night’s sleep in years start sleeping better with acupuncture and one of these various natural supplements. To learn more about the other insomnia options schedule your visit today.
More at http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/tc/melatonin-overview
You Can Recover From Back Pain
A new patient phoned today and asked me if I do acupuncture for back pain. His sciatica had become worse and was disturbing his snow skiing and sitting down. It was crucial to his recovery that we began acupuncture treatment immediately. Sciatica or lower back pain is something most acupuncturists have treated at least once. I’ve found nearly every patient that visits my Littleton acupuncture clinic mentions they’ve experienced lumbar pain of some nature.
Littleton Acupuncture For Back Pain
Concerned his pain would become chronic or require surgery he was motivated to invest in improving his health. I assured him that he could do many things to prevent the situation from becoming chronic. As for surgery, always try everything you can before you do this. Surgical procedures are permanent.
Acupuncture is one of the most effective treatments for pain, especially in the back. Most cases are soft tissue or muscle tension. Chinese medicine has a long history of working to relax tight muscles even spasms.
The gentleman’s sigh of relief was almost audible over the phone as he scheduled for the next day.
Types of Back Pain
His name was Sam, and when he arrived, he walked a bit stooped forward. He explained it hurt more to stand straight up to his full 6 foot height. He’d had the same pain some dozen years ago, and it had gone away by itself.
The problem began four weeks ago and felt different. His pain was dull and radiated down the side of his leg. It started in his waistline as he called it. The area was the sacroiliac joint [SI joint] or the bony spot at the waist on the back of the body. It hurt more when pressure was applied to the gluteal muscles confirming it was sciatica. This pressure on the buttock muscle caused the side of his leg to go numb, tingle, and then began to ache. All signs of nerve impingement, which is what sciatic pain, is.
It had started shoving snow just like last time after a big storm. Sam [not his real name], was an active man who wanted to go skiing with all the great snow, but knew that was out of the question.
His medical doctor had done testing. It showed only a minor bulging of a lumbar disc. The doc had told him to take it easy and gave him a muscle relaxer. The pills made Sam sleepy and worse he could not work when taking them.
He decided to try something that would help him heal and stay on the job. His career complicated the problem. He worked in finance and sat at a desk all day, right on the pinched nerve putting pressure on the SI joint.
Littleton Acupuncture And Healthy Habits
Sam began acupuncture treatment twice a week for a few weeks, then once a week, and then bi-monthly for a few more weeks. He was motivated to not cause the bulging disc to displace further and be able to resume skiing next season.
He knew that some healthy habits would need to change. First he would use an alarm on his work computer to signal that he should get out of his chair and stretch. He did this every 30 minutes at first. The plan was to move to every 60 minutes once his back healed.
Also, he started eating inflammation reducing foods. These are alkaline not acidic which cause inflammation in the tissues. He crowded out tomatoes by adding root vegetables like yams. Sam loved fruit, so we concentrated on balancing acidic fruit with alkaline fruits. If he ate an orange [acidic], he added a banana [alkaline].
He loved apple juice every morning. It is a very alkaline food and creates an acid imbalance in the digestion. This was leading to joint inflammation. Using food to heal is natural and free. Sam loved the simple changes.
Next habit, we enhanced, was drinking more water. Sam was not a big water drinker choosing soda more often. After reviewing studies on sugar in pop, he wanted reduce his sodas by one a week and drinking more water. It took him a month to get off diet soda. By then his pain level was down 75%, and he was sleeping better at night a bonus he did not expect.
Acupuncture for back pain alone could have helped Sam. He wanted to learn healthy habits to be at his best too. He’d had a wake-up call about taking better care of himself.
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