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TCM + Psychologist Sleep & Stress Programme
In PULSE’s Sleep & Stress programme, we adopt an East meets West approach to integrate the well-documented benefits of acupuncture in regulating the flow of qi and blood, and the evidence-based psychological intervention in managing insomnia.
Improve your quality of life through improving your quality of sleep.
Our comprehensive body-mind intervention, guided by the expertise of our team of TCM physicians and Clinical Psychologists, aims to identify the underlying causes and triggers of your sleep issues. Through this programme, you can improve your sleep quality to function better in the day.
- Calms the mind and spirit
- Reduces tension and stress in the body
- Reduces stagnation of qi and blood flow in the body
- Regulates the flow of qi and blood in the body
- Safe & natural
- Assesses the underlying causes of insomnia
- Identify triggers that affect quality of sleep
- Learn and implement sleep hygiene strategies
- Learn and practise relaxation techniques to achieve physical and mental relaxation
- Provides emotional support and overcome barriers to change in the wellness journey
What to Expect?
- Make your first appointment with our physician for your initial consultation and treatment. The physician will diagnose your body constitution and recommend acupuncture to relieve tension and reduce stress. (45-60mins)
- Following assessment and guidelines from your physician, book your first consultation session with Psychologist to begin a clinical assessment of your condition.
- During this assessment, we will ask you questions targeted at your sleep challenges and habits as well as other stressors in life. Thereafter, you will learn sleep hygiene strategies as well as relaxation techniques as part of your treatment plan in improving your sleep..
Sleep & Stress Acupuncture First Trial
First trial @ 50% off (U.P $140). Includes diagnosis by physician and acupuncture treatment targeted at improving sleep and reducing stress.
Price is exclusive of herbal medication and GST.
1 Therapy session at $240
Session with Psychologist will take approximately 50 minutes
Sleep & Stress Programme
- 7 sessions of TCM acupuncture
- 3 sessions of therapy with clinical psychologist
@ $1400 (excluding GST)
What is insomnia?
Insomnia is one of the most prevalent sleep disorders. It affects about 10-30% of the population and can lead to impairment in daily functioning such as poorer concentration, reduced productivity and quality of life.
It refers to the predominant complaint of dissatisfaction with sleep quantity or quality, associated with one (or more) of the following symptoms:
1. Difficulty initiating sleep
2. Difficulty in maintaining sleep, characterised by frequent awakenings or problems returning to sleep after awakenings.
3. Early-morning awakening with inability to return to sleep.
Cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) is the recommended first line of treatment, especially for chronic insomnia, as studies have shown that it is more effective than medication.
How are Sleep & Stress linked?
In both TCM and PSY perspectives, the effects of stress and quality of sleep are highly linked. In TCM theory, the most common type of insomnia today is due to liver qi stagnation (肝郁气滞), which is mostly cause by mental stress.
From a psychologist’s POV, both types of insomnias (sleep-initiating and sleep-maintenance) can be triggered by multiple factors, the most common being stress, as well as others such as worrying, anxiety or depression.
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1. Consult with TCM physicians
Acupuncture targeting insomnia, improving quality of sleep, reducing tension and stress, regulating the flow of qi and blood in the body
Acupuncture is an effective treatment to help with managing stress and insomnia.
Acupuncture on selected acupoints (百会、印堂、太冲、合谷) can help with calming the mind and body, reduce tension and stress and also regulate the flow of qi and blood in the body.
2. Clinical Assessment with Psychologist
A formal clinical assessment can help to diagnose the underlying causes of insomnia and provide a basis for developing a treatment plan that is tailored to your needs. It is also a means of monitoring and charting your progress in treatment. Our psychologists are trained in cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) which is one of the most effective treatment approaches in addressing issues of insomnia, depression, anxiety and other mental health issues.
3. General Sleep Hygiene Management
Sleep hygiene refers to healthy habits, behaviours and environmental factors that are conducive to sleep. Through the sessions, you will learn about sleep hygiene strategies, identify and overcome any of your unhelpful behaviours or habits that may be interfering with your sleep.
4. Relaxation Training
Studies have shown that people who have learned relaxation techniques tend to fall asleep more quickly and sleep longer at night. Through the sessions, you will learn relaxation techniques aimed at achieving physical and mental relaxation to help improve your sleep.
Frequently Asked Questions
- It varies from person to person, the physician will advise if it is necessary after a detailed consultation.
Stressors in life can lead to excessive worrying or even mental health issues such as anxiety and depression which may interfere with sleep. In fact, cognitive-behavioural therapy for insomnia (CBT-i) is the first line of treatment for treatment of chronic insomnia. Therefore, seeing a psychologist is important in identifying and addressing any underlying stressors or even mental health issues that are interfering with sleep and hence, daily functioning.
It is normal to feel anxious before your first session as it can feel intimidating having to open up your innermost feelings and issues to a stranger. You may also be worried about the negative stigma of seeking psychological help. However, you can be assured that your psychologist will not judge you and everything that is shared will remain private and confidential. Thin about what you would like to share and work on during the sessions. Keep an open mind and be ready for change.
- It is recommended to come for acupuncture at least once to twice a week depending on the duration and severity of your sleep issues.
It is recommended to come for psychologist sessions once every 2-4 weeks.
Acupuncture needles are hair-thin. It is generally not painful, however, some individuals may feel some soreness when needles are inserted around the associated organ with blockages or imbalance. Generally, scalp acupuncture is the least painful compared to other body parts.