A good night’s sleep is essential for a happy and healthy life. Healthy sleep patterns improve concentration levels and promote healthy brain function. Lack of well-rested sleep can increase the risk of weight gain, heart disease and high blood pressure, and weaken the immune system. Here’s a look at the 3 most common sleep disorders and how acupuncture can help to re-balance your body and achieve a good night’s rest.
Insomnia is the result of an underlying condition such as stress or anxiety. A restless mind and inability to fall asleep can also be caused by shift-work patterns, jet lag and an inappropriate diet. Prolonged insomnia, if left untreated, can lead to chronic fatigue and even depression. Acupuncture calms the ‘shen’ (spirit), which can keep us awake and alert if over-stimulated by stress. It also rebalances ‘ying’ (sleep) and ‘yang’ (wakefulness) harmony.
Sleep apnoea can occur several times during the sleep cycle. Lack of muscle tone in the throat can restrict airflow causing you to stop breathing. After a few seconds the brain automatically wakes you up. Chronic sleep apnoea can also result in night-time teeth grinding. Acupuncture points associated with the lungs are used to deliver Qi energy and open up the pathways associated with the lungs and throat.
Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder and although the cause isn’t certain, it’s thought to be connected to an imbalance in the neural chemical transmitters. Symptoms include strange sensations that run down to the feet resulting in an overwhelming urge to move the legs during the night. Acupuncture stimulates and nourishes the liver and kidney function and unblocks the meridian flow in the legs.