Laser Therapy treats Insomnia and Sleep Disorders by going to the root of the problem.
In several Australian surveys, around one third of people reported having at least one insomnia symptom (such as difficulty initiating or maintaining sleep or feeling the quality of sleep was inadequate) each month. In many cases, there is a very close connection between insomnia and anxiety. There is some confusion when the two conditions coexist as to their causal relationship. It is most likely the case that the two feed off of each other in a back and forth manner. Anxiety leads to insomnia, and the lack of proper rest heightens anxiety.
How Can Low Level Laser Therapy Help Insomnia?
Let’s first look at the possible types of insomnia treated by stimulating of acupuncture points, and understand why they occur. Knowing what type of insomnia you are experiencing can help your technician provide the most effective approach for you.
- Difficultly falling asleep – The Yang Qi cannot enter the Yin areas of the body leading to insomnia.
- Waking up often during the night – Internal heat is stuck in the body causing insomnia.
- Waking up early and inability to go back to sleep – Poor lifestyle may have damaged your Kidney Yin energy. Heat from Kidney Deficiency is rising up causing insomnia.
- Excessive dreaming during sleep – The brain doesn’t quiet down and it is difficult to relax due to Liver deficiency Heat or Heart Fire causing insomnia.
- Inability to sleep at all – Not enough Blood due to either Spleen or Liver deficiency causing insomnia.
When you receive a Low Level Laser treatment, your nervous system begins to calm down. The laser is doing deep work by unraveling your subconscious stresses, balancing your Qi (or vital energy), and releasing the causes of your insomnia. You may even fall asleep on the treatment table.
You should sleep the best the first night after a laser acupuncture treatment; however, several days later symptoms of your insomnia may start to return. This is in indication that you should receive your laser treatment for insomnia more frequently.
It usually takes several laser treatments per week, for several weeks to fully resolve chronic insomnia.
Helpful Tips for Good Sleep
As evening comes, the day transitions from Yang to Yin. You too, should adjust your behavior to improve your sleep and prevent insomnia. Try these helpful home remedy tips to assist your Low Level Laser session:
- Quiet the Mind – Try breathing exercises, meditation, and other forms of relaxation to help your insomnia.
- Diet – Avoid spicy food, meats, large meals, alcohol, and caffeine near bedtime as these all create internal heat in your body. Try calming herbal teas. Eating Gou Qi Zi (wolf berries) at night can also help insomnia.
- Exercise – Vigorous exercise is best in the morning, not at night. Stick to relaxing stretches in the evening that unravel your stress avoiding insomnia.
- Work – Mental work is best completed during the day. Excessive thinking at night can over-stimulate your mind causing insomnia.
- Warm Food Bath – Soaking your feet in warm water at night will assist in bringing you Yang Qi down to the Yin areas of your body preventing insomnia.
Beat Your Insomnia!
Low Level Laser Therapy has a very calming effect on the nervous system, and over time, it can help to correct the imbalances causing insomnia, without creating side effects.
Insomnia is one of the top reasons people seek laser therapy. Often, patients come to us reporting insomnia because they are disconnected from other emotional issues they are facing. These repressed emotions can often surface as insomnia, anxiety, or mild depression. As the stresses of modern life take their toll, our minds can no longer relax and our sleep becomes disturbed.
Chronic insomnia is defined as no restorative sleep for at least three nights a week for one month or longer. Sleep can be disturbed by a number of reasons, such as stress, anxiety, medications and physical conditions. Western medicine has very little to offer patients in the way of relief. Antidepressant medications can help, but for people who are hesitant about living on drugs, then alterntaive approaches like laser therapy is a great option to consider.