Dr. Hui (Grace) Gao LAc., TCMD
Thanks for your question.
If this occurs specifically only after acupuncture, yes, this can be a result of acupuncture for a number of reasons, the simplest being that you are more relaxed. Discuss with your provider, though, as they may need to adjust your sessions so that you are alert for driving if you drive after.
Generally speaking, some fatigue/sleepiness after a treatment is normal. Acupuncture treatments can be very relaxing and sometimes it's difficult to pull yourself out so you can complete your day. A few things you might try:
1. Have a little something to eat either right before or just after your acupuncture treatment
2. Set your appointment for later in the day so you're not returning to work or other activities while still feeling the effects
3. Talk to your acupuncture provider and see if this is something they expect or if they have specific suggestions to manage the sleepiness
Jeff Rippey, M.S. Ac., Dipl Ac. (NCCAOM), L.Ac.
About your question with limited information you gave to me, my answer is it depends on your age, health and what your acupuncturist intent to do.
Usually after treatment, some of client feels tired by feeling too relax. Is that your case?
If it is not, you might need to chat with your acupuncturist to adjust his/her treatment. Sometimes too many needles make patient feels exhaust.
It also could be a healing reaction, because after treatment the first or second day, one might feels sleepy due to body fast recovery.
Again there could be so many reasons. Hope these answer help
Hope you are doing well. PCOD can get good result from acupuncture treatment and herbal supplements.
Have a great day
Huan Wen Jonathan Fang
In short, you're feeling tired because your body truly is tired. The rest will help you heal better, so take advantage of that restful feeling. This will also allow you to start taking better care of yourself i.e. rest well, eat well, play well...
I hope this answered your question, if not feel free to follow up with another.
Thank you for reaching out. It is very normal to feel sleepy after acupuncture. Since acupuncture turns the body from sympathetic mode of fight and flight to parasympathetic mode of rest and digest. Which leads to the patient to be very relaxed and that leads to the brain to confuse the feeling with sluggish and sleepy.
Hope that answers your question!
Aleksandra Dianova, L.Ac.
Thanks for your email question!
Yes, it is absolutely normal! Acupuncture works on the Vagus nerve. It is the nerve that gives us the relaxation response. Perfectly normal!
Alexandre Hillairet, DAOM.
Feeling sleepy is a normal response after an acupuncture treatment. Treatment will help to release certain hormones in your body to relieve stress and tension. Many chronic issue patients feel the same as well.
Scott Sang In LeeChun Am Acupuncture천암 한의원
The other common reason you would feel tired after a treatment is if your body is already run down and "deficient". When you get acupuncture it draws on your energy stores to get your body to heal. If you are already low on energy then you will feel the draw even more, again, making you sleepy after treatment.
If I were you I would have a conversation with your acupuncturist so they can determine why this is happening and if they need to adjust their treatment strategy a bit. I find some of my patients can handle a more aggressive treatment and some need a lesser approach. Communication is key to figuring this out.
It is a normal response to feel sleepy after acupuncture, though it doesn't happen to everyone or necessarily on every treatment. One of the common side effects of Acupuncture is calming the parasympathetic nervous system. This can feel relaxation or sleepiness. I encourage you to ask your Acupuncturist about it. They may be able to modify the Acupuncture points they are using or it may be an integral part of your treatment depending upon what it is your working on. In general, talking with our practitioner is the best way to get specific information concerning what they are doing for you.
Acupuncture treatment is through the needle, redirect the energy in the channel. People might have different reactions during/after receiving the treatment. Dizziness or sleepy are normal. Most of our patients fall asleep during the treatment. Acupuncture are very relaxing. However, if each session you feel extremely sleepy, you might want to discuss with your acupuncturist and see if a change in treatment plan is necessary.