Insomnia and Sleeplessness(3)

Acupuncture for insomnia and sleeplessness

Acupuncture may be an excellent treatment option for many types of sleeplessness.  While there are many factors to consider when creating acupuncture prescriptions for sleeplessness, many point prescriptions include some of the most commonly used traditional points for sleeplessness such as:

  • Auricular shenmen
  • HT 7 shenmen
  • Extra point Anmian
  • Yintang
  • Yinqiao and yangqiao opening or meridian points
  • PC 6 Neiguan


Eat a high-carbohydrate snack and avoid high-protein foods in the hour or two before bed time.
In the evening, eat turkey, bananas, figs, dates, yogurt, milk, tuna, and whole grain crackers or nut butter. These foods are high in tryptophan, which promotes sleep. Eating a grapefruit half at bedtime also helps.
Avoid bacon, cheese, chocolate, eggplant, ham, potatoes, sauerkraut, sugar, sausage, spinach, tomatoes, and wine close to bedtime. These foods contain tyramine, which increases the release of norepinephrine, a brain stimulant.
Our digestive system slows at night. So, it is harder to digest late meals. Avoid heavy meals before bedtime.


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