Insomnia is shocking the world with the alarming rise of its incidence among adults. It is one of the most common sleep disorder. 10-15% of world’s adult population is believed to be suffering from insomnia. If you frequently find yourself tired at work or even after just waking up, you are most probably lacking a goodnight sleep. Lack of good quality sleep leads to weary mornings and with that comes grumpiness and sleepiness. According to the American Sleep Association, an adult person requires 7-9 hours of sleep to function at their best1.
Headaches, distraction, laziness, and feeling stress is the most common symptoms of insomnia. A goodnight sleep is the secret to performing our best; it is vital to keep us going throughout the day without exhaustion.
We may think so, but medications are often not the most ideal solution; it leads to drug resistance and can cause damage to our memory functions. What we need is a natural, non-drug remedy that provides long-term effective solution to your sleeping woes. World renowned health experts have praised as a modern natural remedy to reinforce health and enhance sleep quality.
The effectiveness of Acupuncture doesn’t need any convincing as research organizations around the world have provided with conclusive evidence that this natural therapy not only provides better sleep at night but also fights off the symptoms that are making you count sheep at night.
This traditional therapy uses tiny needles to access distinct body points to alleviate pain, enhance sleep, reduce stress and anxiety, and improve overall well-being. By stimulating trigger points, it corresponds to the different aspect of physical health including improving sleep quality.
According to the research data published in 2009 acupuncture is known to increase the content of gamma amino butyric acid to improve sleep quality. The study concluded with the statement that Acupuncture therapy can regulate yang and yin to eliminate the pathogenic and reinforce health to promote a relaxing sleep at night2.
Medical studies conducted by the Zhejiang Chinese Medical University1 in 2018 concluded that acupuncture therapy delivers more effective results in comparison with a certain types of drugs prescribed in the cases associated with insomnia. Its strength is its ability to treat the cause behind sleeping problem.
Another study also concluded that acupuncture induces the onset of sleep by stimulating night time melatonin production, but also reduces sleep disruption while sleeping. These findings were concluded with 18 anxious adult subjects with a history of insomnia were given five weeks of acupuncture treatment. In addition to the increase of nocturnal melatonin secretion, there was also improvement in sleep onset, sleep arousal, total sleep duration and quality of sleep. Anxiety scores were also reduced3.
Here are some acupuncture targets specific trigger points you can try – but not limited to – for better sleep cycle.
- Kidney 6 or the Shining Sea – Located the inside of the ankle bone on right side. Helps in relieving anxiety, hypertension, and insomnia.
- Spirit gate or Heart 7 – Located below your pinkie finger, at the crease on your outer wrist. Promotes better sleep by taming overexcitement associated with the cold sweat, anxiety, and emotional issues.
- Conception Vessel 17, the Sea of Tranquillity, or CV 17 – Located in the center of the breasts. Helps in relieving insomnia associated with chest congestion, nervousness and anxiety.
- Urinary Bladder 62, the Extending Vessel, or B62 – Located below the outer anklebone on the right side. Helps in relieving headaches, insomnia, nervousness and stiff neck.
- Vital Diaphragm (B38) – Located between the spine and the shoulder baled. Helps in balancing out the emotions associated with anxiety, grief, and stress.
- Pericardium 6 – Located in the central point of the inner side of the forearm. Helps in reducing stress levels, insomnia, and indigestion.
- Governing Vessel 16 or Wind Mansion – Located in a large hollow under the base of the skull, at the center of the back of the head. Helps in fighting off sleep disorders and reliving the symptoms of insomnia.
- Urinary Bladder10 – Located on the back of the neck, around the outer spine muscles. Helps in relieving stress, exhaustion, and insomnia.
- Gall Bladder 20 or the Gates of Consciousness – Located below the base of the skull. Helps in relieving migraine, fatigue, and low energy.
- Governing Vessel 24.5 or the Third Eye Point – Located directly between the eyebrows. Helps in relaxing the central nervous system.
Sleep deprivation has become a public health epidemic. Don’t let chronic loss of sleep ruin your productivity and everyday energy. Acupuncture is a time-tested, natural treatment therapy which is no less than a boon to enhance sleep quality.
Not only it nourishes the body, but also relaxes your mind to promote a peaceful, restful sleeping cycle. Hailed for centuries for its therapeutic effects, acupuncture is a potent remedy to counter the side-effects of sleep deprivation. Wholesome diet is another amazing lifestyle choice that not only improves your holistic health but also promotes better sleep at night.
- Modern Acupuncture. Put sleep disorders to bed with acupuncture. Published online: 22 June 2018. https://www.modernacupuncture.com/news/2018-06-22-put-sleep-disorders-to-bed-with-acupuncture-113
- Cao H, Pan X, Li H, Liu J. Acupuncture for treatment fo insomnia: A systematic review of randomised controlled trials. J Altern Complement Med. 2009; 15(11): 1171-1186. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3156618/
- Spence DW, Kyumov L, Chen A, et al. Acupuncture increases nocturnal melatonin secretion and reduces insomnia and anxiety: a preliminary report. 2004. J Neuropsychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2004; 16(1): 19-28. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14990755