Sleep, we all love it, especially when you wake up
from a great night's sleep. In the past, sleep was often ignored by doctors and
surrounded by myths, but now we are beginning to
understand the importance of sleep to overall health and well-being. In fact,
when people get less than 6 or 7 hours of sleep each night, their risk for
developing diseases begins to increase.
Insomnia is a common symptom in which sleep quality
or quantity is inadequate or non restorative even though there is
enough sleep opportunity. Recently insomnia is considered not only just
as a symptom but as a coherent collection of symptoms, a syndrome,
which can exist associated with various causes that lead to concrete
disorders. Insomnia is classified in four types: difficulty falling
asleep (sleep onset insomnia), frequent or sustained awakenings (sleep
maintenance insomnia), early morning awakenings (sleep offset
insomnia); and persistent sleepiness regardless of sleep of adequate
duration (nonrestorative sleep).
Acupuncture Improves Sleep
A recent study shows that acupuncture
as a treatment for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has immediate effects
in reducing nocturnal respiratory events, sleep disruptions, and
desaturations (low oxygen levels in the blood). The researchers
hypothesize that this improvement is due to acupuncture’s effects on
serotonergic pathways and also acupuncture’s anti-inflammatory effects.
Both manual acupuncture and 10Hz electro-acupuncture techniques were
found effective. Both techniques produced superior clinical outcomes
compared with 2Hz electro-acupuncture.