Insomnia is a term used for having trouble falling asleep, restless nights, frequently waking up, worry or anxiety at night or vivid dreaming. In the end, you wake up tired. Insomnia often is a recurrent problem, which can cause a stressfull life. The sessions for insomnia are also very appropriate for babies, toddlers and kids.
A healthy sleep
During the night your body and mind recover and digest the daily impulses. A sufficient night rest contributes to a good health and enough energy to manage the daily activities. How many hours of a deep sleep you need varies from person to person. Some people function well on 5 hours of sleep, while others really need 8 hours to wake up fit and lively. Too much sleep does not provide a better energy level, over 9 hours of sleep usually is too much for adults.
Insomnia; The Western and Chinese view
Long term insomnia can lead, next to fysical health problems, to bad concentration, fatigue, stress, amnesia, irritability or depression. It can cause (major) problems in your privat life or professional environment.
Insomnia often is a problem which keeps coming back. This is very stressful and frustrating. Meanwhile GP’s often are hesitant with prescribing medication for insomnia, as they are addictive and have side effects like somnolence during the day. Check the information on the website of the Nederlands Huisartsen Genootschap.
There are several useful advices about lifestyle, diet and excercise.
Acupuncture and insomnia
Acupuncture can support you by primary or secundary insomnia. By looking together in a Chinese way at what happens during the night we can start a treatment plan. We start with acupuncture in combination with other advices like diet, lifestyle and excersise. It is possible to reorganise your energy balance, learn your mind how to relax again and reduce the stress levels during the nights. I have seen many great examples in my clinical experience of exhausted people becoming fit and healthy again. So don’t hesitate, give it a try!
In this article it is explained how we approach insomnia from a Traditional Chinese Medicine perspective.