We're all looking for ways to improve our sleep habits. Luckily, acupuncture is a great option for those of us who might not sleep as well as we used to. By nourishing your body's yin energy, a good acupuncture treatment can help to restore healthy sleep habits and get you back to feeling yourself again.
In Chinese medicine, much the same as in Western medicine, sleep is vitally important to overall health. Nighttime is considered the "yin phase" (as opposed to "yang phase", which is daytime) of the day. When you are asleep, your body is tapping into this restorative yin energy. Unfortunately for many of us, we don't have full access to this energy due to the fact that we don't get complete restorative sleep. It is the very definition of a vicious cycle. By balancing yin and yang energy, therefore, acupuncture can break this cycle and allow you to sleep better!
As with any condition, it is important to explore other avenues outside of acupuncture to help further treatments along. Here is a short list of additional resources for improved sleep patterns:
1) Yoga - Specifically, the "Legs Up The Wall Pose", as explained in this article from the Yoga Journal
2) Natural Supplements - We recommend patients try valerian root extract instead of melatonin or over-the-counter or prescription medications. We carry a very effective supplement from Ortho Molecular Products called Natural ZZZs.
3) Exercise - By increasing cardiac output, you can restore circadian rhythm. Read more about this phenomenon here.
Michael A. Sassack is a licensed and board certified acupuncturist serving the northwest suburbs of Chicago.