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    Can acupuncture help me to get better sleep?

    He has been tested for sleep apnoea, but apparently he doesn't have it?

    Can acupuncture assist with difficulty sleeping?
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  • Dr Kal Ientile

    Acupuncturist

    Kal Ientile is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Registered Acupuncturist. His key focus is in pain management and musculoskeletal disorders. Kal received … View Profile

    Yes acupunture can assist if you're having difficulty sleeping. My experience is that most (but not all) people with sleep issues get improvements with acupuncture.

    There are many possible causes of sleep disturbance and figuring out the cause is important in getting the treatment right.

    For example if your primary difficulty is in getting to sleep (but the rest of the sleep is fine) then it is a different treatment approach to if you fall asleep easily but can't stay asleep.

    A registered acupuncturist (you can check with AHPRA) will be able to help determine the likely cause of the issue and let you know if acupuncture is a viable option.

    Let me know the region you are located in if you would like a referral to a registered acupuncturist experienced in sleep issues.

     

     

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    Another option which is worth considering is what is called sleep hygiene - essentially this means learning good habits in preparation for a good night's sleep.

    You might find the ideas in these two sites helpful:

    http://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Sleep_hygiene?open

    http://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/sleep-hygiene

  • Dr Kal Ientile

    Acupuncturist

    Kal Ientile is a Doctor of Traditional Chinese Medicine and a Registered Acupuncturist. His key focus is in pain management and musculoskeletal disorders. Kal received … View Profile

    Absolutely! Sleep hygiene is very important and is a component of many sleep disturbance cases.

    Three things that give your body the message it's still daytime are; eating, exercise and bright light. It helps to have dinner at least a couple of hours before bed, avoid late night workouts and stop looking at backlit screens (TV, phone, computer) at least an hour before bed. These things can suppress melatonin resulting in a disruption to the body clock.

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