Sleep is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle that allows the body to recharge and gives the brain a chance to store memories.
A lack of sleep has been tied to obesity, mood disorders and many other health problems.
Unfortunately, sleep disorders can make getting sufficient sleep a struggle.
For a patient dealing with these conditions, acupuncture may be a natural way to improve their relationship with sleep.
Common Sleep Disorders
There are several different sleep disorders that can make maintaining a healthy lifestyle difficult.
Some common sleep disorders include:
Perhaps the best-known sleep disorder, insomnia causes people to have difficulty with falling asleep, staying asleep or both.
Insomnia’s opposite, narcolepsy is a neurological disorder that causes people to fall asleep suddenly. Daytime sleepiness is a problem for sufferers, and they have little control over falling asleep.
While this condition is the punchline of countless jokes, snoring can cause a serious disruption of normal sleep patterns.
Patient with sleep apnea stop breathing for brief periods during the night. Although they often do not wake fully, these disturbances interfere with healthy sleep and leave sufferers feeling exhausted.
Relief With Acupuncture
Acupuncture is known to reduce stress, promote relaxation, increase levels of serotonin and improve sleep quality, so it has the potential to offer real relief to individuals suffering from a wide range of sleep disorders.
According to the University of Maryland, some reports suggest acupuncture has close to a 90 percent success rate in the treatment of insomnia.
Since it may help reset sleep patterns by improving nighttime sleep, acupuncture may help those dealing with narcolepsy.
By strengthening the immune system, acupuncture may curb sinusitis, a common cause of snoring, and treating the sinus issue may halt the snoring.
Acupuncturists can also work to stimulate the muscles of the upper respiratory airways, which may help reduce incidences of sleep apnea.
Many people who struggle with sleep disorders find acupuncture beneficial.
Make an appointment today, if you would like to learn more about treating sleep disorders with acupuncture.
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