Sleep is one of the most underappreciated keys to health, happiness and productivity. Sleeping disorders than interrupt sleep can make life miserable. A person may spend endless hours tossing and turning during the night, without getting much needed rest. The next day, this person will be tired, frustrated, and unable to fully focus on their tasks.
To make things worse, almost no treatment seems to solve the problem. And unfortunately prescription drugs for sleep problems can have serious side effects and even lead to dangerous addiction. Does this mean that 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep is an unreachable dream? Not necessarily so. Acupuncture can offer a solution. Acupuncture is far safer than many other methods. And most importantly, it has been shown to work by the millions of people around the world it has helped get more effective sleep.
Scientific research also shows that acupuncture can be effective in treating sleep disorders. One study involving thousands of patients has shown that acupuncture was able to increase the number of hours slept more effectively than prescription drugs. At the same time acupuncture did not cause dangerous side effects. Other studies have shown that acupuncture can be quite promising for patients suffering from sleep apnea, a condition in which normal breathing is repeatedly interrupted during sleep.
One of the unique advantages of acupuncture compared to other treatments is that is does not lump together all types of sleep disorder into one category. Traditional Chinese Medicine views problems like trouble falling asleep, repeatedly waking up during the night, having trouble sleeping at particular times of the day, suffering from disturbing dreams, and not being able to sleep at all as different conditions requiring different approaches. Every patient and every sleep disorder is slightly different. This is why is it important to consult with a experienced professional. Dr. Mansouri is a licensed, board certified acupuncturist with over 20 years of experience helping patients with sleeping problems and other conditions in the Irvine and Orange County area. She can help you get more effective rest starting from tonight.