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How does sleep affect the inflammation in my body?

During your sleep cycle the body heals itself, including reducing inflammation. When you are sleep deprived, the body does not go into it’s natural relaxation state causing blood pressure to stay elevated which could trigger cells in blood vessel walls that activate inflammation. This could also help explain why people who sleep poorly are at risk for cardio­vascular disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes, among other chronic conditions.

A lack of sleep might also alter the body’s stress response system. When stress remains high, the body is at risk for the development of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease.

Researchers have found acupuncture to be extremely beneficial for sleep quantity and quality. Acupuncture helps you to relax, quiet the mind and can increase the release of natural melatonin in the body. Sometimes inflammation and pain can keep you from getting a good night’s sleep. Acupuncture helps to decrease chronic pain and inflammation allowing the body to relax and rest.

Overall, getting a good night’s sleep is important to reducing your inflammation and increasing your healing potential. Acupuncture is a great way to get a good night’s sleep.

Next time you want a good night’s sleep, visit or call 727-272-3587 to see how acupuncture can help you.