Insomnia Acupuncture in Downtown Toronto
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Before the practitioner begins acupuncture for insomnia, the first step is to determine what type of insomnia the patient suffers from. There are different types of insomnia, such as:
- Difficult falling asleep
- Waking up in the middle of the night and unable to fall back asleep
- Terminal or late insomnia – waking up in the early morning and unable to fall asleep
- Sleeping with vivid and disruptive dreams
- Inability to sleep in general
The reason behind having to determine what type of insomnia the patient suffers from is because each type of insomnia indicates a different energy imbalance – each type of insomnia is related to a particular imbalance.
How often do you get acupuncture for insomnia?
Insomnia symptoms are rarely cured with just one trip to the acupuncturist. You will likely have to come for further therapy sessions a few times a week, or multiple times over a certain period of time. The duration of your sessions depends on the nature of your insomnia.
Countless research has been conducted on how acupuncture helps improve sleep patterns, but one thing that contributes to it is that acupuncture as a whole helps you feel more relaxed and less anxious, which is a major contributing factor to helping you fall asleep easier.
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How does acupuncture (Traditional Chinese Medicine) help treat insomnia?
Acupuncture helps activates your parasympathetic system – in layman’s terms, this means the ‘rest and digest’ part of the nervous system. The more your body is in this state of relaxation, the easier and faster it will be to fall asleep when you get into bed.
The acupuncturist will place needles at specific points in your body, called meridians. There are 12 meridians named after specific organs. Here are the meridians related to specific sleep issues:
- Heart meridian: this is for anxiety. This helps if you have difficulty falling asleep or if you wake up too easily.
- Lung meridian: this is for grief. This helps if you find yourself waking up between 3 and 5 a.m.
- Spleen meridian: this is for worrying. This helps if you wake up at the same time every night.
- Liver meridian: this is for anger and stress. This helps if you find yourself waking up between 1 and 3 a.m.
As mentioned, some people may see results at different types, but it is recommended to go to several sessions to see the desired effect.
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