Release Stress with Acupuncture and Improved Sleep Habits

If you are stressed out and sick of being that way, you’re not alone. People across cultures have suffered the ill effects of stress and have tried many different methods for getting rid of it. Fortunately, you can learn how to let go of your stress and enjoy your life.

Not convinced that it’s worth the time and energy it might take to learn how to deal more effectively with your stress? Stress can lead to both burnout and depression, both of which take even more time and energy to come back from. Cut your problem off before it gets that bad by learning to deal with your stress now.  If you’d like to learn more and want to improve your sleep quality and reduce stress in your life call us today and ask about our summer sleep special!  Holly Green AP (561) 303-3436 or send her a message by clicking here.

Acupuncture Relieves Stress

If you feel a little skeptical about acupuncture’s effectiveness, you may just be worried about the needles. Studies are emerging that show it as an effective way to treat many different conditions, stress included.

In one recent study, researchers divided participants into two groups. One received sham acupuncture once a week for 12 weeks, while the other received real acupuncture. At the end of the study, those who got the real thing had significantly lowered their stress levels, even more than the sham group. Also, those benefits lasted for at least three months post treatment!

It seems then that acupuncture can be an effective way to treat stress. If you feel like you’ve tried everything but you haven’t given it a shot, it might be time to consider it.

Sufficient Sleep May Reduce Stress

Stress and sleep are closely related. The link between high-stress levels and lack of sleep seems to go both ways. When people are stressed, they report sleeping less. When they are sleeping less, they report more stress. Eventually, this can become a vicious circle where people get more and more stressed and less and less sleep.

It makes sense, then, that improving sleep would help lower stress levels. There are many things you can do to sleep better. These include:

  • Going to bed at the same time each night and getting up at the same time every morning. This consistent routine helps your body regulate its sleep cycles, and teaches it when to get sleepy at night.
  • Getting a mattress that works for your body. You need a bed that is comfortable and supports your spine. If your current one isn’t cutting it, it’s time to go mattress shopping. While you’re at it, get a mattress that’s good for both sex and sleep, which are also the primary uses for your bedroom.
  • Watch what you eat and drink. Eating large amounts of greasy or rich food before bedtime can make it harder to sleep well. Similarly, drinking too much alcohol or caffeine can disrupt your sleep cycles.

You don’t need to live in a state of high stress. It’s not good for you, and it feels miserable, too. Instead, try an acupuncture treatment and work to improve your sleep. Over time, you should feel less stressed and better able to engage with and enjoy your life.

Amy Highland is a sleep expert at Her preferred research topics are health and wellness, so Amy’s a regular reader ofScientific American and Nature.



AcuSportsTherapy is a top sports acupuncture clinic in Delray Beach that helps people reach their highest potential for peak performance in life and sports. Holly Green, founder of AcuSportsTherapy serving Delray Beach, Boca Raton, and West Palm Beach, incorporates principles from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Western Sports Medicine to view the patient’s injury from a truly integrated perspective. Contact us to learn how we can help you recover faster, prevent recurring injury, perform at your highest level, and sleep better.

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