People can get by with a night or two of little to no sleep without significant cognitive disadvantage. However, chronic sleep problems like insomnia can not only slow your mental and physical processes but it can also be detrimental to your health in the long run. While you can use over the counter and prescription sleep medications, do you really want to go through temporary withdrawals or that “drugged” feeling? Electromagnetic wave therapy, sometimes called electronic acupuncture, is a great complementary self-treatment to consider for insomnia.

Causes of Insomnia

A variety of causes contribute to insomnia. Perhaps you are going through a stressful time at work or there has been a death in the family. Current medications you are taking can contribute too. Health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease and heart ailments can all contribute to insomnia as well. Anxiety, a change in your daily schedule, the use of alcohol or caffeine before bed and even late night meals and snacks are contributors.

While simple diet and schedule changes can eliminate insomnia in some cases, other conditions are tougher to handle. Sometimes, there is a chemical imbalance in the brain. Melatonin, a hormone produced by the pineal gland in the brain, helps control your sleep cycles. When this hormone is not released correctly, insomnia can occur.

Melatonin is typically low in the morning but it gradually increases levels over the course of the day so that you become tired and then fall sleep. If your circadian rhythm is thrown off in the slightest, your melatonin levels can fluctuate. Electronic acupuncture can help you re-establish a sleep pattern so you can get some sleep.

Understanding Electromagnetic Wave Therapy

View electromagnetic wave therapy as the electronic version of the ancient Chinese practice of acupuncture. Instead of visiting a practitioner of acupuncture and getting stuck with dozens of needles, you can self-treat with a hand-held device. A wand delivers electromagnetic wave impulses to special acupoints on the left hand and palm that correspond with the sleep centers of the brain.

Imagine multiple pathways running through your body carrying life-sustaining energy, a belief the ancient Chinese based acupuncture on. What happens if one of those pathways becomes blocked? Some type of health condition, like insomnia, occurs. Electromagnetic wave impulses delivered by the electronic acupuncture device can break up those blockages. Devices like this come with an intricately detailed hand and palm map which indicates corresponding body functions. For instance, on the inside thumb area just above the first crease and the outside of the pinkie just below the cuticle are two key areas to stimulate to help break up the energy blockages preventing a normal night's sleep. These blockages are the most likely culprits preventing the pineal gland from properly producing and releasing melatonin.

Be sure to get a doctor's health evaluation first to determine if you have a specific health condition that is causing your insomnia. Sometimes, electronic acupuncture is best as a complementary treatment for insomnia rather than the only treatment.