Acupuncture for Insomnia Hervey Bay

The average adult needs 8 – 9 hours of sleep per night to maintain a healthy body, mind and emotions. If you’re getting only 5 – 6 hours per night, your metabolism, stress levels and immune function may become affected leading to decreased productivity, weight gain, stress and aging. Chinese herbal medicine & acupuncture for insomnia are effective treatments for calming the mind, decreasing stress and helping to get you to sleep.

Why you should be getting enough Sleep

  1. Memory. Sleeping soon after learning new information has been shown to produces better memory recall when it comes to exam time. Go to bed early for better memory recall.
  2. Metabolism. Chronic under sleeping affects your hormone levels, increasing appetite and disturbing your body’s ability to process and store carbohydrates. If you want to lose weight, make sure you’re sleeping well.
  3. Emotions. Chronic sleep deprivation increases stress hormones affecting mood and concentration. Get happy and get some sleep.
  4. Libido. Decreased sleep has been connected to low testosterone production, leading to low libido in both males and females.

Chinese Medicine Tips for peaceful sleeping

1. Develop a routine. Develop a routine a couple of hours before bed. Put on your pyjamas, make a herbal tea or Chinese medicine formula, soak your feet and read a novel. Your body will soon recognise your new routine and respond to your desire to sleep.

2. Drink herbal tea. A warm drink at night as a part of your routine can become the signal to your nervous system that it’s time to sleep. Try chamomile or have a Chinese herbal formula custom-made by a qualified Chinese herbalist.

3. Soak your feet.  Fill a tub of hot water, and add marbles so you can soak your feet and give them a massage at the same time. Your busy mind is considered heat energy rising and disturbing your mind. By putting your feet in hot water heat you can direct that energy down therefore slowing your thoughts and allowing you to drift off to sleep.

4. Focus on your breathing at bedtime. Focus on the air moving in and out of your nostrils. As thoughts enter, gently bring your awareness back to your breath. This is a powerful form of meditation that teaches you to let go of the importance of worrying thoughts. With practice you can cultivate a peaceful mind, helping you to fall asleep.

5. Acupuncture & herbs. Insomnia is a commonly treated complaint in clinic which is effectively treated with Chinese medicine. Certain acupuncture points and herbs are traditionally used to give you a peaceful sleep while balancing your energy system.

For more information about treating insomnia with acupuncture click here: Acupuncture Insomnia Treatment

Dr Paul Carter