Barbara Poczyniak, R.Ac Registered Acupuncturist
Ever wonder why Acupuncturists always inquire about your sleep? With every new patient I make it a priority to ask about their quality and quantity of sleep. It is important to consider this information even if sleep is not their main issue for coming in (or not even on their radar).
Sleep is Related to the Healing Process
In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the time spent asleep is a time when the body and mind are meant to rest and repair. Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, disrupted sleep or troubled, violent dreams are all indications of possible disruptions in health according to the TCM diagnosis. Good sleep is needed to function properly, and there are no shortcuts about it.
Modern science agrees, and much has been written about the adequate amount of sleep humans need and how this affects our functioning and overall health. “If you are operating on less than five hours of sleep for five days in a row, you are actually functioning as if you were legally intoxicated” says Lt Gen. Patricia Horoho, former US Army Surgeon General.
So whether you are focused on repairing your health, improving fertility, slowing down the aging process or getting a higher quality of energy – sleep quantity and quality must be addressed. Even if you feel ok and think you naturally do fine on only a few hours of sleep – your body inherently disagrees.
Quality and Quantity of Sleep are important
The number of hours logged in bed does not always mean a good enough night's rest. Even getting 8-10 hours of sleep may not be enough, especially if it is only on the weekend or frequently interrupted throughout the night. More and more research now shows that interrupted, poor quality sleep is a factor linked to diabetes, chronic fatigue, depression and obesity.
5 Tips for a Healthier Sleep Tonight
Need some help with improving sleep? Contact me for more information on how Acupuncture can help. For more information on how to set up your complimentary consultation.
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Hi, I'm Barbara Poczyniak. Registered Acupuncturist practicing in Toronto.