By David Bell Acupuncturist
Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine is a great way to gain a better nights sleep and acupuncture can be added to your health routine to help you feel great.
Medical studies suggest that acupuncture treatments have close to a 90% success rate for the treatment of insomnia. Through a variety of signal balancing in the body through the nervous system, muscles and hormone balancing in the brain, such as serotonin, which promotes relaxation and sleep. There are of course more natural ways you can get to sleep faster, some of which are listed below.
You Are Eating Too Much
If you find that you are hungry soon after a reasonable meal or you are hungry all day. If you are hungry late at night or at random times during the day and not because you skipped a meal or just got out of the gym, you may need to go to bed early in the night and not getting enough sleep.
You Are Emotional and Weepy
If you find yourself tearing up during a TV commercial you may need more sleep. Many women may want to blame their monthly cycle your lack of sleep could be the the culprit. A 2007 study found that sleep deprived brains were 60 percent more reactive to negative and disturbing images on tv.
“it’s almost as though, without sleep, the brain had reverted back to more primitive patterns of activity, in that is was unable to put emotional experiences into context and produce controlled, appropriate responses” Mathew Walker
You Are Forgetting Things All The Time
Many people often blame their forgetfulness on their age or stress or your overwhelming to do list but it could be your lack of sleep.
When the brain is not allowed to get its nightly restorative time, the brain starts to loose cognitive ability, ie difficulty focusing and paying attention, confusion, lower alertness and concentration, forgetfulness and trouble learning. WebMD
So next time you can’t find your keys don’t blame it on your baby or your significant other and think maybe I need more sleep.
You Are Sick All The Time
If you are always calling out of work or even worse you are the one in the office who seems to be sick all the time, you might want to set an alarm on your phone to tell yourself to go to bed. “A 2009 study found that people who sleep fewer than seven hours each night have almost three times the risk of catching a cold than people who slept for at least eight hours.” the LA times
You Are Clumsy
On your way to the bathroom in the morning you stub your toe, you are dropping your morning eggs on the floor instead of the frying pan, or you have dropped your new cellphone on the floor and the screen is cracked. You May need more sleep. Research shows that “people have slower and less precise motor skills” Clete Kushida MD
I can help you sleep through the night give me a call if you would like a free sleep consultation.