You’ll recognize many of the symptoms of insomnia like difficulty falling asleep at night, frequent night waking, waking too early, and daytime tiredness despite being in bed for seven to eight hours. There are other symptoms you may not have linked to insomnia such as irritability, anxiety, and depression, difficulty focusing, clumsiness or accidents, and increased stress about falling asleep.
Easing the symptoms of insomnia often starts with stress management. Stress and sleep deprivation go hand-in-hand. Stress causes you to get a lousy night’s sleep. But, when you’re sleep deprived, the amygdala, the part of the brain that processes emotions, becomes more sensitive to negative stimuli. At the same time the prefrontal cortex, which is responsible for higher reasoning functions, becomes less active. Consequently, your negative emotions become amplified, which increases feelings of stress and anxiety.
If the stress-sleep deprivation cycle continues long enough, stress can start to develop around the inability to fall and stay asleep, compounding the problem. However, you can use good sleep hygiene and acupuncture to break the cycle.
Acupuncture has also been shown to improve the results of herbal sleep remedies.If insomnia interferes with your professional or personal life, sleep hygiene and acupuncture might be the right way for you to get the rest you need. Before you know it, you’ll have more energy and feel like yourself again.