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The Eye-Opening Impacts of Insomnia

Jun 01, 2022 12:00AM ● By Dr. Ayako Mizuno
According to the American Sleep Association, nearly 70 million Americans have a sleep disorder. Insomnia is the most common sleep disorder (with 30 percent of adults experiencing it short-term, and about 10 percent of people having long-term insomnia). Chronic sleep deprivation can accelerate aging. Long-term effects of sleep disorders can also include:

• Trouble with thinking and focus
• Mood swings
• Memory issues
• Weakened immune system
• High blood pressure
• Weight gain/obesity
• Risk of heart diseases
• Low libido
• Poor balance and coordination
• Deep eye bags and wrinkles

Insomnia is defined as having difficulty falling asleep, waking up throughout the night or waking up early in the morning at least three times per week for at least three months. The causes of insomnia are varied. Drug treatment (sedative and nonsedative) for chronic insomnia is common; however, these drugs can become addictive with extended use. They can also be dangerous when combined with alcohol.

A holistic medicine approach toward insomnia is to reduce stress to promote better sleep. Acupuncture, nutritional advice, Chinese herbal medicine, lifestyle changes, mindfulness, yoga and meditation are all effective methods to stop tossing and turning, and get those sweet dreams back.

Ayako Mizuno is a licensed acupuncturist and the owner of PLUMERIA ACUPUNCTURE AND HOLISTIC WELLNESS CENTER, LLC, located at 2500 N. Mayfair Rd., Ste. 410, Wauwatosa. For more information, call 414-687-0087 or visit