How Acupuncture Treatments Improve Sleep Walking
Sleepwalking affects nearly three million people per year and is caused by a variety of underlying factors like stress and anxiety. Acupuncture is a conservative treatment option for individuals looking to address their sleepwalking.
People affected with sleepwalking, or somnambulism, appear to arise out of bed and walk about or perform other complex behavior during an apparent state of sleep, usually occurring at the beginning of the night and lasting for up to 30 minutes.
The person is relatively unresponsive and not easily awakened. They also do not remember what happened because they mostly remain in a deep sleep throughout the event. Most sleepwalking happens in early childhood and usually disappears after adolescence.
Sleepwalking can be due to a number of factors:
The most obvious sign of sleepwalking is getting out of bed and walking around; however, it can involve several behaviors. These signs include not responding when spoken to and looking dazed.
Some sleepwalkers can get involved in dangerous activities while unresponsive such as leaving the house or driving. It can be dangerous not to wake a sleepwalker.
To diagnose sleepwalking, your physician will review your medical history and your symptoms. Your evaluation may include:
If sleepwalking leads to disruptive behavior or the potential for injury, treatment may be needed. It will focus on promoting safety and eliminating causes or triggers. Treatment may include:
Sticking to a sleep schedule, avoiding caffeine before sleeping and stopping fluid intake before sleeping can help. Other suggestions include:
Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) provides a wide range of therapeutic applications. Acupuncture is a part of that tradition and can help address addiction points such as alcohol, and can also decrease stress and anxiety points.
A holistic approach, acupuncture treats the underlying cause of your sleep problems and cures both your symptoms and internal imbalance that is causing your sleepwalking. Your acupuncturist will investigate the energetic deficiencies that may be causing your sleep disturbances. Once a diagnosis is complete, you will receive an individualized acupuncture session.
TCM believes acupuncture is a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force (known as "chi" or "qi") through pathways in your body. By inserting needles into various points along the body, your energy flow will rebalance.
A typical acupuncture treatment involves three steps:
Many people seek acupuncture, and it is very effective when combined with conservative therapy and medical treatments.
Learn more about Acupuncture in our Chandler, AZ Clinic. Chiropractic, physical therapy, massage therapy, and acupuncture can be used alone or combined to enhance many types of treatments and injuries. Many people with chronic pain find significant relief when combining these treatments.