In Traditional Chinese Medicine there are three organs believed to be associated with insomnia; the spleen, the heart, and the kidneys. When the spleen is out of balance one may experience a lack of sleep due to overthinking, they just can't get their minds to "shut off" so to speak. When the heart has an imbalance, one might have trouble falling and staying asleep due to anxiety. When the kidneys are imbalanced, the body typically experiences fluctuations of hot and cold temperatures which can be very uncomfortable and make it difficult to get a good night's rest. Your acupuncturist will take into account your lifestyle as well as mental and emotional well being to determine where those imbalances may lie and formulate a treatment plan that's right for you.
Here are some quick tips to use alongside acupuncture to get the most out of your treatments:
-Try to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day
-Don't eat large meals before going to bed
-Limit caffeine, alcohol and nicotine
With regular acupuncture treatments and by following these simple steps, you'll be sleeping like a baby in no time!