If you have trouble sleeping, it is likely that your friends and family members have offered you a lot of well-meaning advice. They encourage you to go to sleep earlier, to avoid caffeine, to just lie there until you go to sleep, or to exercise more. The truth is individuals who do not have sleeping problems have no concept of what it feels like to experience them. If you are looking for a way to improve your sleep, consider acupuncture.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medicinal practice that has been perfected over the course of 3,000 years. In the last few decades, it has gained popularity in the United States. It is estimated that almost seven percent of North Americans have used acupuncture at least once.
Many studies have shown how effective acupuncture can be at addressing sleeping issues. It can help in the following ways:
• Lessens anxiety
• Encourages melatonin production
• Induces sleep onset
• Reduces sleep disruption
• Increases overall sleep time
By inserting fine needles at specific points in your body, acupuncture has the ability to engage your parasympathetic system. This is the part of your nervous system that is responsible for rest and digestion. Different acupuncture points are used depending on what is triggering your symptoms and the issues you are facing. Acupuncture has been a welcomed option for individuals who have not been able to get the rest they want with traditional therapies and medication.
To get the most from your visit with our acupuncturist, it is a good idea to schedule your visit, especially your first visit, on a day that you do not have any other responsibilities. You do not want to have to worry about rushing out of your appointment to try to get other errands done. Your body will need time to adjust, and it’s important to give your body this time.
Acupuncture is not just some form of alternative medicine that yogis and other holistic individuals enjoy; it is a useful treatment that can improve many different areas of your life, including your sleep. If you are interested in learning more information about how this treatment can work for you, set up an appointment at Access Family Physicians in Zionsville. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation for acupuncture!