Last updated on March 8th, 2024 at 02:07 pm

Categories: Acupuncture

by Dr Qian


Categories: Acupuncture

by Dr Qian


Last updated on March 8th, 2024 at 02:07 pm

Sleeping disorders – why suffer in silence?

Why treating insomnia is important.

It is commonplace for people of all ages to suffer at least an occasional night of practically non-existent sleep. The reasons for sleeping disorders differ from person to person. The reasons a student is an insomniac differ from what triggers a shift employee or a tourist to get hit by this sleeping disorder.

Insomnia, which is the inability to sleep sufficiently or to have any sleep at all, is among one of the most typical sleep conditions. It is identified by anxiety, sleep disturbances, reduced sleeping time compared to the typical 8 hours, or in some cases total wakefulness.

Aside from the annoyance that sleeping disorders can trigger in its victims, this sleep disorder causes those afflicted to lose interest and energy, suffer from memory and concentration problems, feel sluggish, frustrated, and obviously sleepy.

In the worst cases a person can become prone to accidents. The stress of medical and psychological conditions induced any insomnia can also lead to a reduction in work efficiency, which in turn can lead to anxiety and stress.

What Are The Symptoms of Insomnia?

  • Problem getting to sleep at night
  • Waking up during the night
  • Waking up earlier than you usually do, sometimes far earlier
  • Difficulty paying attention, focusing on tasks or remembering
  • Increased errors or accidents
  • Feeling listless even after a night’s sleep
  • Tiredness or drowsiness during the waking hours
  • Irritability, depression or anxiety
  • Ongoing worries about sleep

What are the primary causes of chronic insomnia?

  1. Psychological Distress

More especially when it is from internalised stress and anxiety or anger, psychological issues can easily activate this sleep disorder. Often it feels like your body wants to sleep but your mind won’t stop running.

  1. Substance Abuse

Drinking excessive coffee, colas or other “energy-upper beverages” is known to trigger insomnia. Caffeine from these drinks is the main factor. Since of the nicotine that cigarettes contain, chain smokers can likewise be easy victims of sleeping disorders. Herbal treatments, alcohol and other medications can also make one susceptible to ending up being an insomniac. Some may think that alcohol, can help make one feel sleepy. However, when the alcohol gets metabolised, sudden wakefulness will follow and should therefore not be used in treating insomnia.

  1. Travel or work schedule.

Your circadian rhythms act as an internal clock, guiding such things as your sleep-wake cycle, metabolism and body temperature. It can also be Jet lag or body clock disruption due to taking a trip a country in a different time zone from where you started.

  1. Environmental Factors

Severe temperature levels can disrupt one’s sleeping patterns. Sound and intense lights can have the same effect too, especially if you have been used to living in a quiet countryside location.

Homesickness or when you have to sleep in new and strange surroundings like a hotel often contributes to you not having enough sleep.

  1. Health issues

Health disorders such as diabetes, heart failure, hyperthyroidism, ulcers, and Parkinson’s illness can likewise cause insomnia. Asthma might also be one health issue that makes one vulnerable to sleeping disorders because of an asthmatic’s shortness of breath.

Frequent urination, heartburn, and persistent discomfort from leg cramps, tooth pains and arthritis can likewise cause insomnia.

Snoring with extended pauses in breathing while at sleep, also known as sleep apnea can also cause insomnia. Routine arm and leg motions during sleep causing the muscles to twitch excessively is one underlying cause of this sleep disorder.

  1. Pre-bedtime Activities

Engaging to vigorous activities such as a workout just right before bedtime, can deprive amongst other things a great night’s sleep. Whilst the thought of tiring yourself out before bedtime seems like you are treating insomnia, it is actually counterproductive.

Consuming big meals when one is just about to sleep is very often at the root of a sleepless night. This is due to the fact that when digesting that meal your metabolism is at its most active, hence the body prompts you to remain awake.

Who are most Prone to suffer and need help with treating Insomnia?

Reports have it that 90% of individuals will suffer intermittent short-term insomnia eventually in their lives. While a quote of 30% of us will experience a chronic form of insomnia and need help treating insomnia.

Women are stated to be more at risk in getting sleeping disorders due one or more of the following reasons:

  •  Pre-menstrual syndrome with signs of depression, anxiety and irritation, and bloating due to menstruation interrupts a female’s sleeping pattern.
  • -Menopause can also alter a lady’s sleeping pattern.
  • Pregnancy makes sleeplessness one common thing to take place.

Elderly people are also susceptible to getting insomnia because ageing changes one’s sleeping patterns.

Depressed individuals have actually lighter slumbers compared to those who don’t feel this psychological condition.

Students or younger ones who are mindful with their grades (because of cramming) can quickly end up becoming insomniacs too.

As you can see Insomnia is something almost all of us will experience at some point in our lives. The lack of sleep disrupts everyone’s lives, so treating insomnia is important.

We can choose the sledgehammer approach that says one solution can cure all people of insomnia. In such a case a doctor might prescribe stronger sleeping pills and you will sleep.

The problem then usually comes when you want to wake up and the effects of the sleeping pills make that hard.

Also of course prolonged use of pharmaceutical drugs can often lead to your body becoming too used to these and so become dependent on them to sleep.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine we see everyone as an individual and subscribe to the belief that the remedy must be tailored to an individual’s health and lifestyle. In addition to taking other factors into account when treating insomnia.

When treating insomnia we use acupuncture in some cases and often also make herbal medications created specifically for the patient.

The benefits for you are that you won’t get addicted to pharmaceutical drugs and unlike those drugs there are no side-effects from the herbs we use.

Does Acupuncture Work for Insomnia?

Acupuncture, has been proved to be an effective method for insomnia in many clinical trials. When treating insomnia acupuncture is often used in combination with herbal medicine in TCM.

Can Chinese medicine help with sleep?

Acupuncture and Chinese herbs provide a natural way to treat sleep issues. Often used in conjunction in TCM.


Insomnia treatment in Crouch End

At our clinic (Bien Jn Chinese Medicine Centre) in Crouch End, London Dr. Qian is not simply another TCM practitioner. He was also a key member of a research team set up to test the efficacy of herbs used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. So, he knows what works and what doesn’t.

We know how debilitating insomnia can be and that dealing with this in silence on your own is not usually the best way. So please consider visiting us to get help, treating insomnia is just one of the things we are trained to do.

We are experts in Treating Insomnia with acupuncture and herbal remedies – so no side effects.

OK Still not convinced in how we go about treating insomnia, then here are a few tips I found to help that don’t involve seeing me. They are at best a stop gap but if it allows you even 1 good night’s sleep then great.

You can read them HERE


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