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Acupuncture for Sleep

Acupuncture is known for promoting relaxation and reducing stress in the body, so it makes sense that it promotes sleep, too.

Symptoms of insomnia affect approximately 33-50% of adults in the U.S. When we don’t get a sufficient amount of sleep, it tends to leave us feeling more irritable and easily fatigued, which in turn can cause us to have memory lapses, and have difficulty concentrating at work or school. The good news is that acupuncture can help! In fact, most patients report an improvement in their sleep after just one acupuncture session. However, a patient with more severe sleep issues may need 3-4 sessions before they begin to see a significant improvement.

  • Increases melatonin production, a naturally occurring hormone that sets the pace for our sleep and wake cycles. Increased melatonin levels improve our ability to sleep.

  • Regulates the sympathetic nervous system, which promotes relaxation and improves the quality of sleep.

  • Balances serotonin levels to stabilize mood, alleviate anxiety and stress, and develop a healthy sleep routine

Getting more, high-quality sleep generally leads to better overall health. This is because sleep is an essential function our body needs for positive mental health patterns, cellular repair, and better brain function.

In addition to acupuncture therapy, herbal medicine may be an option in place of over-the-counter sleep medications. Common herbs such as chamomile, valerian, mint, and rose hips all help to promote sleep by regulating the nervous system.

If you struggle with sleep and are interested in trying acupuncture as a treatment, click the button below to schedule a consultation.


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