According to the National Sleep Foundation, 30-40 percent of American adults report that they have had symptoms of insomnia within the last 12 months, and 10-15 percent of adults claim to have chronic insomnia.
The effects of insomnia can be devastating. Lack of sleep commonly leads to daytime sleepiness, lethargy, and a general feeling of being unwell, both mentally and physically. Mood swings, irritability, and anxiety are common associated symptoms.
The most popular drug for falling asleep and maintaining sleep through the night is Zopiclone. It is a central nervous system depressant and is limited to short-term use because patients develop tolerance or dependence to it, risking the possibility of addiction.
Believe it or not, acupuncture is more effective for insomnia than sleeping pills. It helps to improve sleep duration, quality and daytime functioning. Chinese Medicine holds that “change of yin and yang within the human body determines the sleep and awake cycle, and it is inevitable phenomenon of yin/yang alternation. The brain is the house of the original spirit, which is linked to mental states. Regulation of yin, yang and spirit/Shen is indicated for patients with insomnia”.
Acupuncture strongly relaxes the entire body and mind via the GABA receptor system (neurotransmitter responsible for inhibiting central nervous system excitability in adults). On average 3 – 5 sessions are needed for improvement but the number also depends on the severity of the condition.
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