Insomnia has a variety of causes in traditional Chinese medicine, and patients are assessed to determine the cause in their particular situation, and then treated appropriately. Often this will use a combination of acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine, whether decoction, granules or pills. [See research on acupuncture, Chinese herbal medicine and sleep]
Sometimes however ‘poor sleep’ is blamed for loss of concentration and focus in someone who simply wakes up tired, groggy and unmotivated early in the morning. In these cases, it is not the sleep that is the problem, but the groggy feeling upon waking, which is what we address after determining that this is in fact the case.
Sometimes this is due to sleep apnea, which can often be assisted with acupuncture. [See research on acupuncture and sleep apnea]