Sleep – getting a balance

Insomnia can mean different things to people – for some it can be the inability to fall asleep easily. For others it is waking up in the night or early in the morning.  It may be sleep that is disturbed by dreams. The knock on effect can be exhaustion and lack of get up and go,  not feeling refreshed and ready for the day because you’ve had another bad night. It might be that you can get up in the morning but feel the lack of sleep later in the day and need to take a nap. Disturbed sleep can be emotionally draining. I was interested to read the recent report on how night working is thought to effect health.  In my opinion the article sounds slightly alarmist and other factors such as general health, diet and exercise must also contribute .

However an abnormal pattern of sleep does relate to classical Chinese medicine thinking and simple Yin and Yang. Yin being the quiet, relaxed sleep (night) time and Yang being the up, awake and busy (day) time. The ideal pattern of sleep is to reflect the natural course of the sun, being active in the day and resting at night. Night working when you should be asleep – whether you are working on the underground or trying to get a written project done before the deadline the next day – when habitual is not ideal for long term health.

However some people can go to bed at a reasonable time and still have difficulty falling asleep or find themselves wide awake in the middle of the night. Traditional acupuncture has been shown to be beneficial in restoring the body back to balance and helping a person settle into sleep, subsequently boosting daytime energy levels and mood.

The British Acupuncture Council has a fact sheet about Insomnia you can find here on their website.

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