What are Sleep Disorders?
A sleep disorder also known as somnipathy, is a medical disorder affecting the sleeping pattern of a person. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, and emotional functioning
Common Types of Sleep Disorders
- Trouble Falling Asleep
- Trouble Staying Asleep
Acupuncture for Sleep Disorders
In the treatment of sleep disorders it is important to understand the pathology of your sleep patterns. Is it a problem falling asleep? Staying asleep? Or both? Perhaps neither is a problem however no matter how many hours you sleep you wake up feeling tired. After differentiating your symptoms, we can diagnose the cause of your sleep disorder, and administer the proper treatment for you. Treatments for sleep disorders usually deals with calming the mind and lowering stress responses to allow the mind to go into a restful state of slumber.
Acupuncture Vs Western Medicine
Usually, Western Medicine treats sleep disorders with sleeping pills, which do not aid in the balancing of the pineal gland, which produces and releases melatonin, the hormone that controls your daily sleep-wake cycles.
Western Medicine focus on the immediate condition, most commonly prescribing an over the counter version of melatonin.
By putting melatonin into the body externally, a signal is produced by the brain to stop the natural secretion and production of melatonin, because the body already has it. Over long term use, a dependency will develop in order to fall asleep at night. Acupuncture therapy aids to balance the body, so the pineal gland secretes the proper amounts of melatonin to regulate sleep.