Acupuncturist Questions Insomnia

Can acupuncture improve sleep?

I have insomnia, and I heard that acupuncture may actually help me sleep better. Will it work? What is the connection between acupuncture and sleep, if any?

24 Answers

Insomnia, or troubled sleep has to do with various causes and the Asian medicine including acupuncture has differentiated insomnia based on signs and symptoms that individual cases manifest. According to the outcome of the findings, formulae of acupuncture and herbal medicine in prescribed for the treatment.
Acupuncture is used for insomnia. In my clinic i find that results can be obtained within one or two treatments when the insomnia has been a problem for just a couple months. If it has been an issue for years, it will take longer to help.
Yes, acupuncture can help with insomnia, but you also should do your part to make sure you get the sleep you need. Meaning, certain ingredients in certain foods/drinks can cause problems with sleep.
Acupuncture is not only a fantastic natural solution for insomnia but has been outperforming drug therapies for insomnia. Research conducted at the Hangzhou Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine compared the effectiveness of auricular acupuncture to Estazolam (a commonly used prescription medication to treat insomnia). They concluded that regular acupuncture treatments were more effective than the medication. The acupuncture treatments were shown to improve sleep duration, the quality of the sleep, reduce the occurrence of insomnia due to depression, and to improve a person’s overall daytime abilities.

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Hope you give acupuncture a try!
Depending of the cause of the insomnia, acupuncture can be very helpful. It is especially effective when anxiety is at the root of poor sleep as it is very calming to the nervous system, It is also very effective when pain is the reason that keeps a person from sleeping. For sleep apnea (disordered breathing) or other medical conditions, it is important to receive appropriate medical treatments and use acupuncture as a complementary treatment.
Thank you for your question. Acupuncture is indeed a way to restore your sleep. Insomnia can be caused by a variety of conditions that may interrupt sleep patterns including stress being a major factor. According to Chinese medicine, insomnia can be the result of disharmony in the body resulting in interruption of the sleep pattern. There are different patterns of insomnia, such as difficulty falling asleep, difficulty staying asleep, and difficulty falling back to sleep after one wakes up during the night. Acupuncture treatment is done to address the type of sleep disturbance you are experiencing, as well as what organs disharmony is present in the system. The acupuncture is geared towards treating your unique presentation and can be of help to you. Find a licensed acupuncture physician in your area and get some help with your sleep.

Good luck. Yours in health!
Absolutely! There have been various studies as well as plenty of anecdotal evidence supporting this.
Acupuncture is great for sleep issues. It has a calming effect on the central nervous system and a natural ability to kick in our body's natural endorphins, or feel good hormones, that help with relieving stress.
Yes. Acupuncture is commonly used to treat insomnia or anxiety from its sedating effect. Many people fall asleep during my acupuncture treatment for other issues. Treatment should be given every day or at least 2-3 times a week for a few months. Acupuncture for insomnia reduces the regular use of chemical drugs, so it is much healthier.
Yes, acupuncture can help with insomnia. There are several acupuncture points that target imbalances associated with the nervous system and brain.
Acupuncture does wonders for the treatment of insomnia. Treatment type and length depends on the cause of insomnia. Acupuncture helps increase melatonin production, which helps with better sleep. If your insomnia is caused by emotional distress or physical pain, then treating those symptoms will aid in better sleep.

Warm regards,

Aleksandra Dianova, L.Ac.
Thank you for your question.

It’s not a straightforward answer regarding using acupuncture for insomnia. It really depends on the nature of your insomnia. There are many medical problems that could be contributing to your insomnia, including things like sleep apnea of which needs to be medically assessed and treated first. The list of potential contributions to insomnia is very long. There are many potential treatments for insomnia depending on what is causing it. Sleep hygiene is the base of all treatments.

Acupuncture in general can be complementary in helping with any condition. The key is having a skilled and experienced acupuncturist. It’s also important to discuss with all of your providers the treatments that you are pursuing so that they can be integrated as best as possible.

Kind regards,

There are several acupuncture points to have a calming effect. Great for insomnia, stress, anxiety, and restlessness. Regular visits with a good acupuncturist will have a long-term effect on reducing your stress and have a positive result. Thanks.
Acupuncture helps with sleep on many different levels; due to stress, chemical imbalances, etc. The reason why you're having trouble sleeping (in Chinese medical terms) is due to either an imbalance between the yin and yang energy within your body, or imbalances between the internal organs that regulate sleep. Your symptoms, the look of your tongue, and the feel of your pulse will tell us what those imbalances are and then we work to correct them, thus alleviating the insomnia.
Yes, it can improve sleep for short terms, if combined with an herbal formula, which may be a long-term solution.
Yes, acupuncture works in your brain, which modulates your neurotransmitters/chemicals in the brain to balance your sleep patterns.
Acupuncture absolutely helps with sleep. We help calm the mind, promote sleep. We would need to have a consultation to see if you have problems staying asleep or falling asleep or both. We have different methods of treating these causes. We look forward to meeting you at your free consultation.

You are right, acupuncture helps sleep better. There are few reasons that will cause insomnia, such as stress, physical pain, melatonin problems, imbalance of digestive system, and more. Acupuncture helps balance energy to supply sleep and also treat the underlying causes. That is why acupuncture works so well for insomnia.

Hope you can find someone near and help you soon. Enjoy your sleep,

Huan Wen Fang, Lic. Ac.
Sleep in Chinese medicine is related to the yin & yang energies. Just like hot & cold, day and night, simply yang is most present during the day and yin at night. Often, especially in modern times, we have electronics or disrupted activities of daily living that disturbs the body’s homeostasis, regulation of body’s cycle maintenance to achieve balance. Acupuncture is very effective in regulating the body’s homeostasis; it manipulates the energy flow, very similar to circulation, to achieve a balanced and harmonious cycle again. Depending on the cause of insomnia, one of the modalities of treatment in Chinese medicine may be the best option like acupuncture and/or in combination with herbal supplements, cupping, massage
and/or feng shui advice.

Live happy,

Acupuncture is super effective for sleep issues. In fact, it is one of the more common uses for acupuncture.
Insomnia is one of the places where recent studies have shown acupuncture to be extremely effective. At least one study has shown acupuncture to be superior to prescription sleeping pills in terms of time it takes to fall asleep, overall sleep quality during the night and lack of that "drugged" feeling the following day.

How it works is somewhat more complicated to explain. Chinese medicine encompasses a diagnostic system that is a bit more flexible than conventional medicine's. There are actually multiple root causes for insomnia in the Chinese system and treatment will vary slightly depending on any given patient's exact presentation.

From the perspective of conventional medicine, acupuncture exerts a calming influence on the central nervous system, reduces stress, increases production of endogenous opiates as well as melatonin and promotes blood flow. Basically, we're helping to get a patient in to a super relaxed state which makes sleep come more easily.
The very first acupuncture treatment I received was for insomnia - it worked like a charm with one treatment. Will it work when you go? I do not know, no one has the power to see into the future like that, but it has helped many people in the past. Some with one treatment, others with more and the problem can return as life always throws us curve balls.

The connection between acupuncture and sleep is the same as it would be for any condition. Acupuncture treats the body's imbalances and helps regulate the body so it can function more properly. I cannot go into full detail, because the education is a four-year medical degree and I cannot explain it all here. But what I can tell you is Chinese Medicine sees a variety of reasons for sleep issues - ranging from emotional disturbance, dietary problems, life cycles, habits, thoughts, external weather, and more. To know how to treat the practitioner must assess the individual and create a plan specific for them.

Most acupuncture treatments (even if not for sleep specifically) help a person feel more balanced and in tune with their body's functions, emotional state and just calmer all over - and that alone can help someone sleep.

Go find someone trained well and good luck.
Acupuncture usually is amazing for insomnia. We check so many aspects of the patient's life to figure out the reason of the insomnia. Regardless of the reasons, almost all of the insomnia patients on the second visit will say they slept better after acupuncture. In some cases, we need to add herbal medicine to help.