Manage Your Stress with Healthy Sleep Habits and Acupuncture

Manage Your Stress with Healthy Sleep Habits and Acupuncture

by Ellie Porter, Managing Editor | SleepHelp.org

Manage Your Stress with Healthy Sleep Habits and Acupuncture

Americans are more stressed than ever, in a world that never seems to slow down. Doctors estimate that many of the ailments that bring patients in to see them have a stress-related component to them.

There’s not always a lot that you can do to reduce the stress that you come into, but there are plenty of ways that you can reduce the physical effects of stress on your body, and help your mind be more prepared to deal with it.

There are two major things you can look into to help you manage your stress: acupuncture, and getting a good night’s sleep.

The good news is, that in addition to helping with stress, acupuncture is incredibly beneficial for helping you to get a good night’s sleep.

How does acupuncture help with a good night’s sleep?

Acupuncture helps you sleep for longer. The practice does this by telling your body to release more melatonin throughout the night, according to a 2004 study in the Journal of Neuropsychology and Clinical Neuroscience

Acupuncture has also been found to help with stress levels, in both humans and rats, since the human body shares a pressure point with rats. The 2015 clinical study, published in the Endocrinology Journal, found that electroacupuncture at the stomach meridian point prevents the stress response from occurring chronically.

How does a good night’s sleep help with stress?

A good night’s sleep is defined as 8 hours a night, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

When you’re sleep deprived, you’re more likely to have a strong negative response to any sort of stressor, according to a 2012 study published in Emotion journal. You’ll also have decreased positive reactions to things you enjoy during the day. It literally makes it harder for you to get excited about things that are good in your life, which compounds the stress response in your body, making it harder for you to deal with in the long run.

What can you do to get a better night’s sleep?

  • Schedule an acupuncture appointment with a certified acupuncturist, using the National Certification for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine Practitioner Directory
  • Check how old your mattress is. If yours is more than 8 years old, you should probably buy a new mattress, in order to have the most comfortable and supportive sleep space that you can.
  • Make an effort to keep all of your electronics out of your bedroom. Electronics not only intrude on our sleep with their notifications, but their screens also emit blue-spectrum light, which tells our brains to stay awake and focus on whats on them. You can replace the alarm on your phone with a regular old-fashioned one, and you’ll be better off for it in the long run.
  • Make your bedroom a safe haven for sleep by using it only for sleep and sex. You should not be working from bed or watching tv there. Train your body into recognizing that when it’s in bed, it’s time to sleep.

 

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