Insomnia happens to virtually everyone at some point, but it is usually a temporary annoyance. However, in some cases, sleep-related problems can last for months or even years. Failure to get an entire night’s sleep on most nights over a one-month period can be classified as chronic insomnia.
If you have chronic insomnia, there is a good chance you are experiencing at least one of the following:
- Asthma and breathing problems
- Kidney or heart disease
- Muscle aches
- Parkinson’s disease
- Physical pain
- Taking prescription or over-the-counter drugs that have a side effect of insomnia
For chronic insomnia, receiving acupuncture once a week for 4-6 weeks, has been shown to have excellent results. Acupuncture helps to restore balance to the central nervous system and harmonize Qi, the functional energy that underlies our general state of health. Qi can either become stagnant, meaning that too much energy is locked up in a certain area or organ, or it can become deficient, meaning that there is not enough energy in an area or organ. Both patterns can cause insomnia and both are treatable with acupuncture.