Insomnia is one of those maddening conditions which makes you feel like everyone but you got a good night’s sleep. Insomnia is difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep, or having non-refreshing sleep for at least one month. It is estimated that one in three people will experience insomnia in their lifetime, and women are twice as likely to experience insomnia as men.

Symptoms include:

  • Difficulty falling asleep most nights
  • Feeling tired and/or falling asleep during the day
  • Waking up several times during sleep
  • Not feeling refreshed upon waking up
  • Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) views sleep disorders, insomnia included, as the manifestation of an underlying imbalance or disharmony. It may also be exacerbated by external and environmental factors that affect sleep. This can be very stressful and emotional for people suffering from insomnia, so it is important for people dealing with these symptoms to be patient with themselves and not put too much pressure on their bodies to get a perfect night of shut-eye. There are, however, steps they can take and treatments they can turn to in order to start improving their quality of sleep. There are, however, steps they can take and treatments they can turn to in order to start improving their quality of sleep.

    Pattern Recognition, such as by keeping a sleep log, is one way to help identify potential triggers of insomnia, but TCM treatments such as acupuncture and herbs can help correct some of the internal conditions causing difficulty sleeping. At Five Seasons Healing, once we determine whether the insomnia is related to a deficiency or an excess of qi, we can determine how best to treat the imbalance. Let acupuncture and Chinese herbs be part of your program for getting sounder sleep!