Insomnia, or sleeplessness, is a sleep disorder in which there is an inability to fall asleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. People with insomnia tend to experience one or more of the following sleep disturbances:
• Difficulty falling asleep at night
• Waking too early in the morning
• Waking frequently throughout the night
• Sleep that is chronically nonrestorative or poor
Emotional disorders can cause insomnia include depression, anxiety, and post traumatic stress disorder. Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease are example of neurological disorders that can cause insomnia. Several clinical studies have found that between 30 - 40% of menopausal women experience insomnia. This may be due to hot flashes, night sweats, anxiety, or fluctuations in hormone levels. Sometimes these symptoms can be short term (up to three weeks) they can drag on for months and even years. Left untreated it can lead to memory problems, depression, irritability and an increased risk of heart disease and automobile related accidents.
Having successfully treated hundreds of patients using traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture to have a better night sleep, I’ve comprised the following things for you and your mum to try at home:
• Eat light meals and only drink a little bit before bedtime, avoiding caffeine or alcohol
• Getting regular exposure to late afternoon sun
• Avoid television just before bedtime
• Have a foot spa about 1 hours before bedtime
• Acupressure have a long tradition of treating insomnia successfully, particularly in the elderly
Sometimes there is an underlying cause of Insomnia, like chronic pain. If you find my top tips aren’t quite enough for your Mum to get a better nights sleep then it might be a good idea to seek further assistance.
Acupuncture has had nearly a 90% success rate for the treatment of insomnia. Through a complex series of signals to the brain, acupuncture increases the amount of certain chemicals (such as serotonin) which promote relaxation and sleep. A skillful practitioner works with the same points used in acupuncture, but stimulates these healing sites with finger pressure, rather than needles. It enhances sleep quality and decreases awakenings during the night.
Why not treat your mum to an appointment with me and make her Mother’s Day sleep-wishes come true!
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