Insomnia is a real and rising problem plaguing populations all over the world. A sleep survey done in 2016 revealed that the average Singaporean sleeps just slightly over 7 hours a day, and compared to other countries surveyed, Singaporeans sleep at a later hour at around 11.45pm. Globally, about 6 in 10 adults have sleep-related issues, with about 26% facing insomnia. Amongst these people, 60% face disrupted sleep due to worrying, primarily overwork, financial or economic issues. Moreover, the percentage of time in the deep sleep stage decreases with age due to various factors like stress, pain, illness and medical problems.  If this sounds like you, read on!
Singaporeans are one of the most sleep-deprived people in the world!!
Source: statista.com / Science Advances
What exactly is insomnia and why should we treat it?
So what exactly is insomnia? Insomnia is the complaint of inadequate or poor-quality sleep that interferes with normal daytime functioning. Some people may think that insomnia is mere difficulty falling asleep, but so long as you are feeling too tired the next day for your daily activities, you should consider other forms of insomnia you may have – waking up in the middle of the night with problems falling back to sleep or waking up too early in the morning.  Such poor quality sleep often leaves people feeling unrefreshed, lethargic, or groggy when they wake up in the morning.
Many people have disregarded their sleep quality or the lack of sufficient hours, failing to realize the health implications that come with sleep deficiency. The short term effects of insomnia include poor concentration, stiff neck, changes in appetite, mood swings, headaches etc. Poor sleep quality over a prolonged period will lead to lower immune system and poor mental health function, and this combination may have dire consequences on our health potentially leading to cancers, diabetes, hypertension and hormonal imbalances. 
Short term insomnia, when neglected, can easily become chronic insomnia, which is characterized by more than a month of inadequate sleep. Once chronic insomnia develops, it will be more difficult to manage and restored back to normal.
How can we help deal with Insomnia here at Oriental Remedies Group?
Earlier on, we have shared lifestyle habits to avoid – 3 Mistakes You Are Committing That Prevent You From Having A Good Night’s Sleep to help you achieve better sleep. Here, we will be sharing how Insomnia can be treated using a conventional TCM approach, as well as with our integrative therapies uniquely found here at Oriental Remedies.
The approach that TCM uses to treat insomnia is through regular acupuncture and herbal medication.
Liver, heart, spleen and kidney are the key organs that we need to regulate. Symptoms like dizziness, migraines, fatigue, and forgetfulness are all symptoms associated with liver yin deficiency, liver and heart fire, spleen and kidney deficiency.
Other than identifying and treating the root cause of insomnia, the use of herbs like 黄芩Scutellaria baicalensis、茯神Poria cocos、肉桂Chinese cinnamon etc in the prescribed herbal medications can also treat some symptoms associated with insomnia like migraines, bad breath, poor digestion and obesity.
By stimulating acupoints like 太溪、三阴交 etc. that can boost the liver and kidney energy, regular sessions of acupuncture can help in restoring and re-balancing the yin and yang energies essential for boosting the quality of sleep.
Due to the wide spectrum of symptoms and conditions that can be caused by insomnia, it is always more beneficial to combine both acupuncture and herbal medicine in the treatment of insomnia.
Besides traditional TCM treatments, Oriental Remedies Group also offers integrative therapies to enhance overall health in patients.
Electro-Lymphatic therapy (ELT) is a gentle and non-invasive treatment that helps stimulate proper flow and drainage of the lymphatic system. According to research, the loss of sleep, even for a few short hours during the night, can prompt one’s immune system to turn against healthy tissue and organs. Thus, in people with chronic insomnia, there exists tissue-damaging inflammation in the organs that in the long run, may lead to cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cancer. By using ELT, we can clear blockages in the lymphatic system such that immune cells can be brought within the lymph fluids to clear damaged cells like pre-cancerous cells and inflammatory mediators.
By combining TCM treatments with such modern integrative therapies, we aim to achieve high quality sleep, with the added benefits of detoxification of body tissues, improvements in immunity, increased tissue regeneration, and through it all, prevention of diseases like cancers and other debilitating health conditions.
Your healing is the most important
In Oriental Remedies Group, we have more than 10 certified bilingual TCM Physicians. Each of them has been trained in both Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) and China for a minimum of 5-8 years, in both Biomedical Science and TCM before being certified to practice in Singapore. Specifically, we have Physician Ng Mei Yun who specializes in treating insomnia and diabetes, to name a few.
Insomnia is so common that many around us often overlook this issue. Action has to be taken fast to correct this disorder through lifestyle changes and early treatments. When the problem becomes chronic, your body is unable to easily get back to its proper sleep cycle and will need stronger actions to be taken to address your sleep disorder. Treatment progress may become longer and more complicated. If you suffer from Insomnia or knows of anyone who do, take action now to get it resolved! Do not sleep on it!
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