Q: Can Acupuncture Be a Sleep-Aid?

Sleep | | June 1, 2010 at 9:20 am
Photo by Mai Le.

Photo by Mai Le.

Q: Whether or not I get five or eight hours I tend to have trouble falling asleep each night. I guess I’m looking for a way to shut my brain down at night and be free of stress. How can I convince my brain it’s time to go to sleep? It would be great to avoid medications. Chelle S. San Diego, CA

A: Acupuncture can be so effective at inducing sleep that one patient left my office only to fall asleep at the wheel under a stop light! As an acupuncturist and patient, I’ve enjoyed more restful nights as a result of the subtle, yet powerful affects of a good needling treatment. A new message must be sent to your brain allowing it to turn the light switch off. Because stress creates inflammation and contraction within the vessels, acupuncture is a perfect fix to free up peripheral nerves thus improving physiological function.

As the hair thin needles are inserted into the skin a message transfers to your nervous system signaling the release of neuro-endocrine chemicals. Acupuncture is great because it exerts an almost instant influential affect which balances brain waves.

Night time is an opportunity for yang energy to gently unfold into yin. Remember to create a cozy space for slumber. Keep it simple in the bedroom. Draw the curtains to keep the light from shining in until morning. Sweet dreams!

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ChristineChristine M. Dionese L.Ac. specializes in integrative medicine, medical journalism and was the VP of marketing at WellWire LLC. Visit her wellness and lifestyle blog, Reaching Beyond Now.

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