Acupuncture Improves Insomnia In Pregnant Women – Brisbane
Michelle Blum practices Acupuncture and Naturopathy in the South Brisbane suburb of Moorooka. She has a special interest in women’s health and sees many pregnant women in her clinic for an assortment of pregnancy related conditions.
Michelle wishes to share the results of a recent research trial conducted on pregnant women in their third trimester. The trial ran for a duration of three weeks and involved 72 pregnant participants with insomnia. The women either received 10 sessions of actual acupuncture or 10 sessions of sham acupuncture along with sleep hygeine recommendations.
The Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) was used to assess sleep quality in addition to the measurement of melatonin urinary metabolites which assesses the secretion of melatonin, a neuro-transmitter that effects sleep quality.
Both were measured at the beginning of the trial and then again at the end of trial.
The women in the actual Acupuncture group showed a significant improvement in both PSQI scores as well as melatonin urinary metabolites at the end of the trial which was said to be consistent with the findings of prior research studies.
Researchers noted that the effects of the Acupuncture may have been due to its regulatory effect on various neuro-endocrinological pathways.
The impact of poor sleep quality in pregnancy can at times be serious, with possible outcomes including:- pre-mature delivery; a reduction in fetal growth as well as an increase in post natal depression.
There are many pharmaceutical and natural treatments for insomnia, however most of these are not recommended during pregnancy, due to their potential side effects. This is why Acupuncture becomes a safe, risk free option for women needing relief from sleepless nights not to mention other ailments commonly experienced during pregnancy.
If you are pregnant and are suffering from sleeplessness or other pregnancy related conditions, feel free to contact Michelle Blum Natural Health here to discuss possible treatment options.