Insomnia is characterized by hard to fall asleep, hard to stay asleep with frequent waking up, and not feeling refreshed upon waking up.  Conventionally, Insomnia is classified as chronic insomnia which is define as an insomnia that has been a long time, or Acute insomnia which is define as a short term insomnia.  Medication associating with insomnia includes: Ambien, Eszopiclone, Rozerem, Zalepton, Benzodiazepine, Anti Depression, and over the counter sleeping aids.

In Chinese Medicine, there are 3 different types of Insomnia, thus, there are 3 different way of treating insomnia.  In Chinese Medicine insomnia is associated with organs imbalance of particularly, heart, liver, and kidneys.

Insomnia associated with the heart imbalance accompany with the symptoms of: excessive anxiety, over thinking, emotionally sensitive, depression, worry, easily frighten, physical and mental tiredness, easily stress, digestive issue, IBS, and cold extremities, pale skin.  Generally, people that have insomnia due to heart imbalance tend to have a hard time falling asleep and tend to sleep very light due to excessive thinking and worrying.  They do not waking up feeling rested and need long hours of sleep.

Insomnia associate with the liver imbalance associate with the symptoms of: excessive stress, easily anger, irritability, depression, digestive issue, heart burn and acid reflex, and IBS.  People that have insomnia associate with liver issue tend to wake up abruptly between 2 am to 4 am.

Insomnia associated with imbalance in the kidney associates with excessive waking up to urination, low back pain, feeling cold systemically, excessive fear, anxiety, depression, fatigue physically and mentally.

Base on Chinese Medicine, insomnia is treated based on above pattern differentiation.  Acupuncture and Chinese Herbal medicine is used to balance organ dysfunction and imbalance. Lifestyle is also strongly recommended for all type of insomnia, particularly with those that have insomnia due to excessive stress that affects their liver function.

Please, seek help if you know you have sleep issue.  Sleep is very important for the healing processes of our physiology.  If you don’t sleep well, your body is never has ample opportunity to renew itself, thus, potentially leading to many other health complications down the road such as: chronic fatigue, depression, fibromyalgia, high blood pressure etc.