Are you having a hard time Falling Asleep, Stay Asleep or Waking up Feeling Tired?Mar 22 2016 | Nimulrith Seth EAMP
Insomnia is characterized as difficulty falling asleep difficulty staying asleep, and not feeling well rested each night. Conventionally, Insomnia is classified as chronic, which is defined as insomnia that has been a long time, or acute insomnia, which is considered as short term insomnia. Medication associated with insomnia includes: Ambien, Eszopiclone, Rozerem, Zalepton, Benzodiazepine, Anti Depressives, and over the counter sleeping aids.
In Chinese Medicine, there are 3 different types of Insomnia, thus, there are 3 different way of treating insomnia. In Chinese Medicine insomnia is associated with organ imbalance of particularly, heart, liver, and kidneys.
Insomnia associated with the heart imbalance accompany with the symptoms of: excessive anxiety, emotionally sensitivity, depression, physical and mental tiredness, stress, digestive issue, IBS, and cold extremities. Generally, people that have insomnia due to heart imbalance tend to have a hard time falling asleep and tend to sleep very light due to excessive worrying. These individuals do not wake up feeling rested and tend to need long hours of sleep.
Insomnia associated with the liver imbalance is linked to symptoms of: easily provoked, irritability, depression, digestive issue, heart burn and acid reflex and IBS. People that have insomnia associated with liver issues tend to wake up abruptly between 2 am to 4 am.
Insomnia associated with imbalance in the kidneys demonstrate excessive waking up to urinate, lower back pain, feeling cold, excessive fear, anxiety, depression, physically and mental fatigue.
Base on Chinese Medicine, insomnia is treated based on above pattern differentiation. Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine is used to balance organ dysfunction and imbalance. Lifestyle change is also strongly recommended for all types of insomnia, particularly with those who have insomnia due to excessive stress which can affect liver function.
Please, seek help if you know you have sleep issue. Sleep is very important for the healing processes of our physiology. If you don’t sleep well, your body is never has ample opportunity to renew itself, thus, potentially leading to many other health complications down the road such as: chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure etc.