Behavioral and lifestyle changes can best help you improve your sleep over the long term. A review of 46 clinical trials involving 3,811 people with sleep disorders found that acupuncture significantly improved sleep quality compared to no treatment or sham acupressure. Once your doctor has ruled out other conditions that could affect your sleep and diagnosed you with a sleep disorder, treatment usually includes cognitive and behavioral therapy for sleep disorders (CBT-I), lifestyle changes, and, if necessary, medication. They are not the first choice for treating persistent (chronic) sleep disorders.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy for sleep disorders may be a good treatment option if you have long-term sleep problems, are worried about becoming addicted to sleeping pills, or if medications aren’t effective or have annoying side effects.
How to treat sleep disorders naturally?
Melatonin has been studied to treat circadian rhythm disorders and may help reduce sleep disorders caused by jet lag. The participants took part in a weekly meditation class and a one-day retreat and practiced at home over the course of a few months. Menopausal people sometimes suffer from this type of sleep disorder, including those taking anti-estrogenic medications such as Soltamox (tamoxifen). The treatment of sleep disorders consists of improving sleep habits, behavioral therapy, and identifying and treating the underlying causes.
However, further research is needed before the effectiveness of acupuncture to alleviate sleep disorders is clearly proven. If you’ve tried one natural remedy after another and are still having trouble sleeping, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor about your insomnia.