SLEEP DISORDER

Sound-Sleep Acupuncture

Acupuncture is renowned for its ability to help people with insomnia and sleep disorders. Many studies are being done right now at major universities and research facilities to understand the full scope of exactly how acupuncture works for insomnia and a variety of other sleep disorders. It’s very exciting to see that results are as repeatable with sleep disorders as they are with Acupuncture for pain management.

Acupuncture has an overall regulatory effect on the autonomic nervous system (sympathetic “fight or flight mode” and parasympathetic “rest and digest mode”) which is part of our nervous system that enables us to do everything from breathing to sleeping, and the central nervous system (brain) which calls the shots. To get a more precise treatment for our patients we have them complete our Central Nervous System Assessment (a ~200 question True or False exam) to see which major neurotransmitters they’re deficient in. Neurotransmitters are what our body’s produce to pass messages from the brain to the body, and vice versa.

If certain neurotransmitters are deficient they can cause insomnia and disturbed sleep. Knowing this allows our treatments to be more specific and more measurable.

If your body is always in a state of stress it’s very difficult to get quality sleep. Most of my patients are in this sympathetic response; luckily, this is the easiest cause of sleep issues to treat and cure. Acupuncture balances and regulates the HPA axis (the connection between our brain chemistry and our body’s response to changes in our brain chemistry), treating the root cause of over- and under-stimulated adrenal glands (which ruin sleep).

If you’re a high stress person (which it appears most of my patients are) your adrenal glands are most likely working overtime and wrecking your sleep patterns. Acupuncture also stimulates the production of GABA, Serotonin, and Melatonin which all directly affect our ability to fall asleep, stay asleep, and get restful sleep. In this way Acupuncture naturally treats insomnia and poor sleep without creating any drug dependence, making Acupuncture the safest treatment for insomnia. If you stack sleep up against all the drugs in the world, good sleep comes top 5 every time in its overall health benefits. Make this an urgent priority in your life if you don’t sleep well.