Trouble Sleeping at Night? Treat Insomnia Naturally The TCM Way

Insomnia is a real and rising problem plaguing populations all over the world. A sleep survey done in 2016 revealed that the average Singaporean sleeps just slightly over 7 hours a day, and compared to other countries surveyed, Singaporeans sleep at a later hour at around 11.45pm. Globally, 6 in 10 adults have sleep-related issues, with 26% facing insomnia. Amongst these people, 60% face disrupted sleep due to worries about work, financial or economic issues. Moreover, the percentage of time in the deep sleep stage decreases with age due to various factors like stress, pain, illness and medical problems. [1] If this sounds like you, read on to learn how you can treat insomnia naturally!

Statistics of sleeping hours

Singaporeans are one of the most sleep-deprived people in the world!!

Source: statista.com / Science Advances

What is insomnia?

Insomnia is the complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep that interferes with normal daytime functioning. Some people may think that insomnia is merely having trouble sleeping at night, but so long as you are feeling too tired the next day for your daily activities, you should consider other forms of insomnia you may have – waking up in the middle of the night with problems falling back to sleep or waking up too early in the morning. [2] Such poor quality sleep often leaves people feeling unrefreshed, lethargic, or groggy when they wake up in the morning.

A cat waking up from sleep

Insomnia is not just a phase, treat your sleep troubles early!

Many people have disregarded their sleep quality or insufficient sleep hours, failing to realize the health implications that come with sleep deficiency. The short term effects of insomnia include poor concentration, stiff neck, changes in appetite, mood swings, headaches etc.

However, insomnia over a prolonged period will lead to weaker immunity and poor mental health function, this combination may have dire consequences on our health potentially leading to cancers, diabetes, hypertension and hormonal imbalances. [3]

Short term insomnia, when neglected, can easily become chronic insomnia, which is characterized by more than a month of inadequate sleep. Once chronic insomnia develops, your sleep troubles will be more difficult to manage.

Long working hour a man is feeling sleepy on desk

What are some natural ways to treat insomnia?

Before going into treatments for insomnia, you should first consider your pre-bedtime habits.

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Suffering from insomnia

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So how can you treat insomnia with a natural approach?
Today, we will be sharing how Oriental Remedies Group employs conventional TCM treatments like herbal medication and acupuncture, as well as Technology-enhanced therapies to alleviate sleep problems.

Chinese herbal medicine

Herbal Medication

Liverheartspleen and kidney are the key organs that we need to regulate. Symptoms like dizziness, migraines, fatigue, and forgetfulness are all symptoms associated with liver yin deficiency, liver and heart firespleen and kidney deficiency.

Other than identifying and treating the root cause of insomnia, herbs like 黄芩Scutellaria baicalensis、茯神Poria cocos and 肉桂Chinese cinnamon are used in prescribed herbal medications to treat some symptoms associated with insomnia like migraines, bad breath, poor digestion and obesity.

Typically, users of herbal medication report improvements not just in their sleep duration, sleep quality and energy levels, but also in their overall wellness.

Needle therapy

Acupuncture

Stimulating acupoints like 太溪 Tai Xi (KD3)、三阴交 San Yin Jiao (SP6) can boost the liver and kidney energy. Regular sessions of acupuncture can help in restoring and re-balancing the yin and yang energies essential for boosting the quality of sleep.
In a research to study the effects of acupuncture treatment on sleep quality on individuals living with schizophrenia, a significant effect of acupuncture treatment was observed for seven objective sleep variables: sleep onset latency, sleep percentage, mean activity level, wake time after sleep onset, mean number of wake episodes, mean wake episode and longest wake episode. This suggests that acupuncture has beneficial effects as a treatment for insomnia and psychopathology symptoms among patients.
Due to the wide spectrum of symptoms and conditions that can be caused by insomnia, it is always more beneficial to combine both acupuncture and herbal medicine in the treatment of insomnia.

Besides traditional TCM treatments, Oriental Remedies Group also uses technology-enhanced therapies to further improve the overall health of patients.

Electro-Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (ELT)

Electro-Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (ELT)

Electro-Lymphatic Drainage Therapy (ELT) is a gentle and non-invasive treatment that helps stimulate proper flow and drainage of the lymphatic system, which in turn helps with better rest.

According to research, the loss of sleep, even for a few short hours during the night, can prompt one’s immune system to turn against healthy tissue and organs. Thus, people with chronic insomnia are likely to have tissue-damaging inflammation in the organs that in the long run, may lead to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer.

ELT is used to clear blockages in the lymphatic system so that immune cells can be brought within the lymph fluids to clear damaged cells like inflammatory mediators. Overall, users of ELT report deeper sleep and better energy the next few days!

At Oriental Remedies Group, we complement traditional TCM treatments with technology-enhanced therapies to achieve high-quality sleep and at the same time provide added benefits of detoxification of body tissues, improvements in immunity, increased tissue regeneration, and through it all, prevention of diseases like cancers and other debilitating health conditions.

Take action before it worsens

Insomnia is so common that many around us often overlook this issue. Action has to be taken fast to correct this disorder through lifestyle changes and early treatments. When the problem becomes chronic, it is difficult for your body to get back to its proper sleep cycle and stronger treatments will have to be taken to address your sleep disorder. Your treatment process may also become longer and more complicated. If you suffer from Insomnia or know of anyone who does, take action now to get it resolved. Do not sleep on your sleep troubles!

This article is written by trusted bilingual TCM physicians and therapists from Oriental Remedies Group. The above content is for informational purposes only and is not a replacement for consultation with a certified Physician.

Oriental Remedies Group is a leading patient-centred healthcare provider offering effective treatments grounded in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and enhanced with medical technology.

If you are looking for professional TCM support to overcome your sleep problems please reach out to Oriental Remedies Group at WhatsDoc app.

References

 Alon Reshef,1,2 Boaz Bloch,1,2 Limor Vadas,1,3 Shai Ravid,1 Ilana Kremer,2,4 and Iris Haimov, The Effects of Acupuncture Treatment on Sleep Quality and on Emotional Measures among Individuals Living with Schizophrenia: A Pilot Study. Sleep Disorders Volume 2013, Article ID 327820, 11 pages.