How Acupuncture can help Insomnia


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It is thought that 1/3 of all people in the UK will experience insomnia at some point in their life- that’s over 22 million people in the UK! Insomnia can include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep
  • Waking throughout the night
  • Waking early in the morning and not getting back to sleep

and as a result one can:

  • Feel tired upon waking in the morning
  • Feel tired and irritable throughout the day
  • Struggle to concentrate in the day

Medications can be prescribed to induce sleep, and while they can provide temporary relief they do not address the underlying cause.

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute – Getting enough quality sleep at the right times can help protect your mental health, physical health, quality of life, and safety.  During sleep, your body is working to support healthy brain function and maintain your physical health

Acupuncture can help treat insomnia by inserting fine, sterile needles into points around the body, which stimulate the nervous system and in turn affect the body’s balancing mechanisms, promoting physical and emotional well-being. Chinese medicine treats a person holistically and therefore each treatment is tailored specifically for your needs. So whether you have a hard time falling asleep or staying asleep, acupuncture can help promote a better sleep naturally.

World Sleep Day is March 15, 2019, and was created to raise awareness of sleep because sleep quality and quantity are becoming increasingly compromised by the habits of modern life.

For further information from evidence-based research, visit the British Acupuncture Council page

Acupuncture is a tried and tested system of complementary medicine. The Chinese and other eastern cultures have been using acupuncture to restore, promote and maintain good health for thousands of years. In China it is used in mainstream health care, both as a stand alone therapy and in combination with conventional western medicine.

According to traditional Chinese philosophy, our health is dependent on the body’s motivating energy moving in a smooth and balanced way through a series of channels beneath the skin. This energy is known as Qi.
Acupuncture uses fine single use sterile needles to connect with the energy or Qi of the body via a system of pathways known as meridians. The intention is to restore the natural healthy balance of the body and to promote healing.