Hormones and the autonomic nervous system must be in a balanced state to initiate and maintain sleep. A large number of studies have shown that acupuncture can help balance the biochemical substances in the central nervous system and promote the restoration of homeostasis.
1. Acupuncture can help your body produce more melatonin
In an article published in the journal Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience, Spence et al. Explore the relationship between melatonin and acupuncture. They observed a significant increase in endogenous melatonin secretion in 18 patients with severe insomnia who received acupuncture treatment twice a week for 5 weeks.
Electricity and muscle tension during sleep indicate that the patient’s sleep time is reduced after acupuncture. It is unlikely to wake up during sleep and increase overall sleep time. Sleep and deep sleep. They can also reduce anxiety, depression, and fatigue. Interestingly, the morning awakening has also decreased.
2. Acupuncture can improve blood circulation and improve sleep quality
Hecht and colleagues are investigating the link between blood flow to the brain and insomnia. They pointed out that insufficient blood flow to the brain can lead to hypoglycemia and spontaneous awakening from sleep. When the intracranial pressure is very low (less than 30 mmHg on both sides), most subjects have difficulty sleeping:
most of them suffer from insomnia. But sometimes excessive sleepiness. Difficulty concentrating, forgetting the last event and varying degrees of sleepiness You may still have orthostatic hypotension. According to reports, electrical acupuncture stimulation at ST36 and GB20 points (below the occiput, between the trapezius muscle and the sternocleidomastoid muscle) can treat insomnia by increasing blood flow to the brain.
3. Acupuncture can reduce the effects of aging
The weakened parasympathetic nerve function leads to familiar signs of aging. These include increased and irregular heartbeat, constipation, insomnia, and erectile dysfunction. The consequences of fluid retention and systemic inflammation can lead to many common age-related diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Atherosclerosis and cancer.
The treatment and restoration of parasympathetic nerve function can improve the function of internal organs and delay the aging process. Acupuncture usually improves the parasympathetic nervous system.
4. Acupuncture can relieve pain
Meltzer of the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia studied the effects of chronic pain on adolescents’ sleep patterns. He found that there was no difference in bedtime and total bedtime between the pain group and the healthy control group. However, the chronic pain group reported significantly longer sleep latency. Acupuncture and moxibustion have good analgesic effects. And can help patients sleep better
5. Acupuncture can reduce stress hormones and treat insomnia
When we are under chronic stress, such as overthinking and overwork. Our body produces more cortisol, which keeps us awake throughout the day. When we are under acute stress, such as fighting or fleeing conditions, our body produces more adrenaline and norepinephrine.
These two stress hormones have a profound effect on our sleep quality. Vgontzas and his colleagues at Pennsylvania State University evaluated the relationship between chronic insomnia. With the activity of the stress system, they measured the level of free cortisol. Norepinephrine and growth hormone in the participants’ urine. And found that the level of free cortisol was positively correlated with overall alertness. It is positively correlated with the duration of sleep in stage 1, but is negatively correlated with the duration (depth) of sleep in stages 3 and 4 (two branches of the stress system).
The adrenal glands (adrenal glands and sympathetic nervous system) are the cause of sleep disorders in chronic insomnia. When we are stressed, our sleep will be much easier. So we wake up more often. Acupuncture can reduce stress hormone levels. Decreased alertness and increased deep sleep time. As we all know, when we inject hydrocortisone, cortisone affects sleep.
by optimizing the production and metabolism of chemicals that affect sleep and balance the nervous system. Acupuncture can maintain the rhythm and duration of sleep.