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Struggling with insomnia - acupuncture can help

Updated: Sep 3, 2023


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As the struggle with insomnia continues to affect millions of individuals worldwide, alternative approaches to sleep disorders are gaining momentum. In this article, we explore the intriguing potential of acupuncture as a non-pharmaceutical solution for achieving restful and rejuvenating sleep.


According to The Sleep Council, 40% of people in the UK suffer from a sleep disorder such as insomnia. Symptoms may persist for months or even years.


The most common causes of insomnia are: - anxiety, stress and depression - noise - a room that’s too warm or cold - an uncomfortable bed or mattress - caffeine, alcohol, or nicotine - recreational drugs like cocaine or ecstasy - shift work - jet lag - peri-menopause and menopause.


In the UK, around 10 million prescriptions for hypnotics are dispensed every year.


Approximately 80% are for people aged 65 years+, and many patients remain on the drugs for months or even years. Unfortunately, such prescribing carries many potential hazards for patients, including a risk of dependence, accidents and other adverse effects on health.

Research shows acupuncture to be at least as effective as (and in some cases more effective than) existing conventional drugs in treating insomnia but without their associated side effects. You can find out more about the research into how acupuncture can help with insomnia at https://acupuncture.org.uk/fact-sheets/insomnia


Acupuncture Surrey runs private and community multibed clinics in Redhill and Merstham. To find out more about how acupuncture could help you check our website at www.acupuncture-surrey.co.uk, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AcupunctureSurreyUK or email us at info@acupuncture-surrey.co.uk.

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