Don’t underestimate the power of a full night’s sleep. Not getting enough sleep can weaken your immune system, cause thinking issues, lead to weight gain, and lower your sex drive. When you don’t get enough sleep, you increase your risk of diabetes, certain cancers, and even car accidents.
So, if you are like most of society today, you are not putting sleep as a priority in your life. If you are experiencing insomnia, don’t look for a quick fix. You have to look at the root cause of the problem.
Excessive stimulation at night, evening shift work, evening computing, video games, television and late-night eating all serve to counteract the body's natural rhythms. Most people are not familiar with this correlation. Exposure to the light at day break and dusk helps to regulate sleep hormones in the body. Rather than embracing the descending energy at nighttime we tend to let our minds wander from one thought to another, staying in a stressful state that can keep us up for hours or perhaps an entire evening. We are then forced to approach the new day without having benefitted from the regenerative powers that night time brings.
Evening is a time to allow our minds and bodies to turn inward to our subconscious.
Where does Acupuncture come into play?
Acupuncture can help regulate the body clock and help you function optimally. Acupuncture has a calming effect on the nervous system, supporting nerve channels, assisting the flow of oxygen-enriched energy and relaxing the body system. Commonly noted benefits from research studies include deeper breathing, improved digestion, better sleeping patterns, and a general sense of well-being.
Major life changes, such as starting a new job, leaving a relationship, having a baby, the loss of a loved one, or financial trouble, can also trigger insomnia. This brings in a type of acupuncture that is transformational. Transformational Acupuncture is a natural way to help us rebalance our lives.
According to the Five Element tradition, there is a cyclical flow of vital life energy – known as Qi – that influences all aspects of our life and health. The energies of the five elements – wood, fire, earth, metal, and water – are present in all aspects of nature and in all living beings. When these energies are functioning in balance and harmony, we feel centered, healthy, and fully alive. When the energies are out of balance, we are susceptible to developing illness and disease- such as insomnia.