If you have trouble sleeping, you definitely are not alone. If you haven’t had a good night’s sleep for two or three nights in a row, then you may be suffering from insomnia. If you are wary of taking drugs to address your problem, then you need to try acupuncture. This Eastern style of treatment can help you sleep better again as it is known to remove the factors that cause you to be wide awake at night. When you come in for treatment, be prepared with information about your insomnia. You can also follow the following advices that can help you get a good night’s rest.
What you can do, first of all is to sit down and write down questions on why you think makes you unable to sleep at night.
– How do you sleep? Do you sleep on our stomach or do you tend to curl up in a fetal position? Why do you sleep? Do you tend to toss and during your sleep? Do you sleep because “it’s your time to go to bed or because you are tired?
– When do you sleep? Is it hard for you to follow set time to go to bed or do the happenings of the past day interfere with your regular sleep pattern?
– Where do you sleep? Do you tend to fall asleep on the couch and then go to your bed later on?
– What keeps you awake? Is it a pet in bed with you or do you often have a runaway mind when you lie in bed?
Those questions can assist both your doctor, or healthcare provider and yourself into choosing the most effective acupuncture treatment for you. They can also help you pinpoint the exact cause of your insomnia.
Some healthy tips to consider that can help you overcome your insomnia:
1. Ask yourself if the place you are sleeping is actually the cause of your insomnia. A lot of people begin their “sleeping time” on the couch. Afterwards they transfer to their bed. The problem begins when they can’t get back to sleep after they are in bed. Sleeping on the couch, or any place other than your bed can bring about insomnia. This may be because your sleep got disturbed when you got up and walked to your bed.
2. The time when you sleep can affect the quality of your rest. The time between 10 pm and 6 am is the best time to go to sleep. Studies have shown that the time between 11:00pm and 2:00am is the time we go into our deepest sleep. This is the time when our body regenerates and releases healing hormones.
3. If possible, go to bed each night at the same time. You develop a habit when you set a schedule and follow it regularly. Doing something for 21 days straight becomes a habit eventually. Most people go to sleep by exhausting and tiring themselves which is not bad at all.
Getting acupuncture, following the three abovementioned advices as well as not doing cardio exercises within 5 hours of going to sleep and not drinking caffeine drinks or sodas can help you indeed get some quality sleep.
Christina Prieto, AP
1617 Hillcrest St
Orlando, FL 32803