That feeling of trying to fall asleep, trying not to watch the clock, trying to relax the body and mind – that trying (and also the trying not to try) is one that often plagues those who suffer from insomnia. Or you may find that your mind and body suddenly comes to life several times a night, for no apparent reason whatsoever. Whatever you are experiencing, the end result is physical tiredness and mental lethargy. When this relentlessly continues day-in and day-out, your body and mind do not get the rest that they need and your general health starts to suffer.
Insomnia is present when you regularly find it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. You may fall asleep easily, but wake up earlier than you would like or wake up in the middle of the night and not be able to fall back asleep easily. It’s a condition which affects approximately 10% of the population at any one time and can affect your quality of life, possibly making it more difficult for you to concentrate and focus, making you more emotional and lethargic.
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine is commonly used to treat insomnia and can relax you, calm your mind and balance you, to give you a better night’s sleep. In addition, your sleep hygiene will be reviewed and recommendations made to improve it, as well as providing you with general diet and lifestyle advice.