Acupuncture for Insomnia
Results of our research
What is insomnia?
5 million people in the UK suffer from chronic insomnia. People with insomnia experience sleeping difficulties, such as:
- Not getting enough sleep
- Trouble falling asleep
- Frequently waking
- Waking up too early in the morning
- Light or unrefreshing sleep, waking up tired
- Unpredictable sleep
- Disturbed or excessive dreaming, nightmares.
These difficulties can be transient, short term (up to 3 weeks) or chronic (over 3 weeks).
If insomnia is left untreated
If left untreated, insomnia sufferers are at a risk of developing further health problems, such as depression, are more at risk of accidents and injuries and are less likely to have a good quality of life.
9 out of 10 people found their sleep significantly improved after a course of acupuncture treatment.
Conventional medical treatment of insomnia
Medical treatment of insomnia includes the use of sedative antidepressant medication, which often carries substantial risks of side effects. These include damage to the heart, risk of falls (in particular in elderly people), drowsiness, which may lead to road traffic accidents and other side effects.
Our award winning research into acupuncture treatment of insomnia
90% of patients we treated with acupuncture found that their sleep significantly improves after a course of acupuncture. When we analysed the data, we found that the results were statistically significant. We are currently working on publishing our study in a scientific journal.