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Mood & Insomnia

Updated: Oct 7, 2023

We are well aware of the significance of self-care in maintaining good health, but all too often, we tend to overlook our mental well-being until we reach a tipping point. Persistent feelings of anxiety, depression, irritability, or being overwhelmed serve as clear indicators that something is out of balance within our bodies. It's crucial to remember that you don't have to endure this way - you deserve to feel happy, and empowered and to have peace of mind.

Anxiety & Depression

In our fast-paced modern society, stress has become an inevitable part of our lives. However, prolonged and excessive stress can disrupt our body's natural healing processes and leave us vulnerable to the negative effects of everyday stressors and toxins. It's important to recognize the signs and symptoms that indicate anxiety is adversely impacting your body:

  • Feeling anxious, fearful, hopeless, and uneasy

  • Easily overwhelmed & irritable

  • Difficulty sleeping and concentrating

  • Fatigue

  • Feeling restless, wound-up, or on-edge

  • Headaches, body aches, neck & shoulder tension, or unexplained pain

  • Digestive problems

  • Lonely

  • Excessive worry

  • Lack purpose or feel unfilled in work and life

  • Unwanted weight gain in the abdomen


Quality sleep plays a vital role in maintaining optimal physical and mental health, as well as supporting weight management. It is during sleep that your body has the opportunity to heal and release the tensions accumulated throughout the day. Insufficient deep sleep can disrupt your body's self-regulation and its ability to restore cells and promote overall well-being. If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms, our team is here to provide assistance and support:

  • Difficulty falling asleep, or staying asleep

  • Waking up too early

  • Waking up feeling tired and unrefreshed

  • Unexplained headaches

  • Heaviness in the body

  • Inability to focus

  • Unwanted weight gain in the abdomen

Here are some simple lifestyle adjustments you can make to help alleviate your mood and sleep:

Establish a Consistent Sleep Routine: Maintain a regular sleep schedule by going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, even on weekends. This helps regulate your body's internal clock and promotes better sleep quality.

Create a Relaxing Bedtime Routine: Engage in calming activities before bed to signal to your body that it's time to unwind. This may include reading a book, taking a warm bath, practicing relaxation techniques like deep breathing or meditation, or listening to soothing music.

Create a Sleep-Friendly Environment: Ensure your sleep environment is comfortable, quiet, and conducive to sleep. Make your bedroom dark, cool, and free from distractions, such as electronic devices and excessive noise. Consider using earplugs, eye masks, or white noise machines if necessary.

Limit Exposure to Electronic Devices: The blue light emitted by electronic devices can interfere with your sleep-wake cycle. Minimize the use of smartphones, tablets, computers, and television at least an hour before bedtime to allow your mind to relax and prepare for sleep.

Regular Exercise: Engaging in regular physical activity, such as walking, jogging, or practicing yoga, can help improve mood and promote better sleep. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week, but avoid vigorous exercise close to bedtime, as it may energize you.

Manage Stress: Chronic stress can negatively impact both mood and sleep. Incorporate stress management techniques into your daily routine, such as mindfulness meditation, deep breathing exercises, journaling, or engaging in hobbies that bring you joy and relaxation.

Healthy Eating Habits: Adopt a balanced diet that includes nutrient-rich foods. Avoid excessive consumption of caffeine and sugary foods, especially close to bedtime, as they can interfere with sleep. Instead, focus on consuming whole foods, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grains.

Limit Alcohol and Nicotine: Both alcohol and nicotine can disrupt sleep patterns and contribute to mood disturbances. Limit or avoid their consumption, especially in the evening and before bedtime.

Seek Social Support: Maintain a strong support network of friends, family, or support groups. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with others can provide emotional support and help improve mood.

Consider Professional Help: If mood and sleep problems persist or significantly impact your daily life, consider seeking professional help from a healthcare provider or mental health professional. They can provide appropriate guidance, therapy, or medication if necessary.

Remember that everyone's situation is unique, so it's essential to find the strategies that work best for you. If mood and sleep problems persist despite making lifestyle adjustments, consult with a healthcare professional for a comprehensive evaluation and personalized recommendations.

Don't let mood and sleep problems hold you back from enjoying life to the fullest. Take control of your mental and physical health by reaching out to Chung Acupuncture. Schedule a consultation with us today and experience the positive impact that mood and sleep improvements can have on your life. Let us guide you towards a brighter tomorrow.


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