Acupuncture Can Help Improve Your Sleep

Acupuncture may be one of the oldest practices of traditional Chinese medicine, but it has been increasing in popularity in the western world. Many have utilized this holistic, effective treatment to reduce back pain, lessen tension, relieve headaches, improve mental clarity and much more. But are you aware that acupuncture can be beneficial in treating sleep deprivation?

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the process of inserting fine, sterile needles on the body’s surface in order to improve the body’s functions and promote the natural self-healing process. This 3000 year plus healing technique is safe and effective for treating a variety of conditions within the body.

The strategic placement of the needles on specific anatomic sites—commonly referred to as acupuncture points, or acupoints—clears obstructions in the muscle and nerve channels. This technique assists the flow of oxygen-enriched energy, while relaxing the body’s system. At face value, it seems inconceivable that poking the flesh with needles would bring about a relaxing, stress-reducing experience that promotes healthier sleep, but the application, in essence, is painless and is vital to channel the life energy that had been previously blocked. Also, acupuncture activates the parasympathetic system—the “rest-and-digest” part of the nervous system which plays a key role relaxing the body and inhibiting/slowing many high energy functions.

How does Acupuncture help me sleep?

Acupuncture has been utilized to improve sleep and has been proven to help with insomnia. A study, conducted in 2004, reveals that acupuncture increases nocturnal melatonin secretion and reduces sleep deprivation. Because acupuncture relieves chronic pain, this consequently would contribute to a better sleeping experience. Deeper breathing, reduced stress, relief from digestive issues, and lessened joint pain are valuable benefits produced by acupuncture that can alleviate discomfort and promote quality sleep.

Sleep shortage affects people in a variety of ways, including:

  • Difficulty going to sleep
  • Waking in the middle of the night and being unable to fall back asleep right away
  • Waking very early in the morning and being unable to return to slumber
  • Disruptive dreaming
  • Unable to sleep in general.
  • Sleep apnea—which is a sleep disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep

It’s important to detail the specific sleep problem to the acupuncturist in order for them to target the correct imbalance. Not only does acupuncture pacify the symptom, it destroys the rooted disharmony that had developed the condition. So this ancient Chinese method would not only aid sleep deprivation, but also improve your overall mental and physical health.


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Distress or Chronic Stress

Distress or chronic stress is uncontrollable, prolonged, or overwhelming stress. Once stress becomes distress, the body manages to survive though not always to thrive. For example, when faced with periods of chronic stress, the body’s immune system function is lowered, and the digestive, excretory, and reproductive systems no longer function the way they should. In a state of distress, the cells of the immune system (and other body systems) are unable to respond normally and produce levels of inflammation which increase the risk of further health issues.


Homeostasis refers to your body’s ability to regulate itself and maintain a comparatively stable internal environment despite external and internal conditions and events.

Your body is designed to be in a state of homeostasis, where all the systems within are functioning optimally.


Stressor is anything that is perceived by the body as challenging, threatening or demanding.

Health Story

In the context of My Wellbeing Compass, your “Health Story” represents the combination of your dis-eases, conditions, symptoms and the history that binds them together. It is multi-layered and multi-dimensional. Unearthing and resolving the root causes at the core of your Health Story is the only way to truly rewrite this Story.

Natural Self-repair Mechanisms

The body is made up of intelligent, living cells that are dynamically connected. They communicate and just know what to do and when to do it in any given situation. They grow, replicate, repair, and age. Every 90 days, the body has a new bloodstream; every year, it manufactures billions of new cells; colon cells refresh every 4 days; the skin is entirely regenerated every 2-3 weeks; white blood cells regenerate in about 1 year; the liver renews itself at least once every 2 years; and the skeleton replaces its cells entirely every 10 years.

You are an incredibly complex, interactive, and dynamic living organism that is well-equipped with self-repair mechanisms that can fight infections, eliminate toxins, fix damaged DNA, destroy cancer cells, and even slow down aging.

This natural self-healing ability (also referred to as cellular intelligence or body’s innate intelligence) explains spontaneous remissions from seemingly “incurable” diseases.


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