In Classical Chinese Medicine, good quality sleep consists of two components: physical rest for the body and mental quietude for the mind. If either of these two components are disturbed due to various reasons, the sleep quality will suffer.
Acupuncture helps regulate various hormones and neurotransmitters—including melatonin, serotonin, endorphins and many others—that play major roles in sleep regulation. In traditional Chinese medicine, the theory is that various symptoms develop when a patient’s qi (vital energy) gets blocked…and acupuncture removes these blockages by stimulating specific acupoints that correspond to different parts of the body. “Acupuncture strengthens the body’s ability to heal itself. When tension and pain are removed, you eliminate much of what is causing the insomnia.”
If the sleep problems have been happening for only a short period of time, then usually a short series of treatments will suffice to reverse the trend. If the issue is chronic, however, it will likely require a longer series of regular acupuncture treatments.