Insomnia is harmful to people’s physical and mental health, and it can also affect work, life, and study。 It can cause people to lose concentration, memory, and have irritable mood.
A recent article published in the internationally renowned medical journal “The Lancet” pointed out that lack of sleep may affect the protection of vaccination. Then days after the flu vaccine, the lgG antibody titer of the vaccinators whose sleep limit was 4 hours for 4 consecutive nights was less than half of the lgG antibody titer of the normal sleep vaccinators. Similarly, after hepatitis B vaccine, the shorter the sleep time, the weaker the antibody response to the vaccine. Clinical studies or animal model studies have shown that poor sleep can affect changes in body functions. “From 11 in the evening to 8 in the morning, especially one or two in the evening, is the best time for the body’s energy recovery. If sleep is not guaranteed, some recovery of body functions cannot be guaranteed, and it will affect the body’s immunity. So, during the vaccination period, if you do not sleep well and you always suffer from insomnia, theoretically speaking, it may indeed affect the efficacy of the vaccine.”
Whether the reduction in antibody production caused by lack of sleep will affect the protection of the vaccine is still inconclusive, but it reminds us that adequate sleep is important after COVID vaccination.
失眠的原因不外乎以下几种：There are many reasons for insomnia:
Cause of illness: physical illness and taking drugs can affect sleep
Psychological problems: stress, excessive worry, anger, excitement, those are some of the causes prone to sleep quality.
Lifestyle: coffee or tea, drinking alcohol in the evening, eating before going to bed or late dinner, resulting in a full stomach that has not been digested, heavy smoking, and strenuous physical activity before going to bed can easily lead to sleep problems.
Many Western medicines used to treat insomnia are prone to addiction. We will further discuss below how Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners would treat insomnia through a real case study.
病例 Case Study:
Patient is a male, aged 51-60, weight 112lbs ~ 132lbs (51kgs ~ 60kgs), normal bowel movements, insomnia, occasional drinking, and smoking
I have had insomnia for nearly half a year, it takes a long time to fall asleep after waking up around 2 o’clock every night. Accompanied by muscle tightening under the armpit and around the left chest. After several electrocardiograms, all results showed normal. The thyroid nodules before, but it has subsided, and the indicators are normal. The blood lipids and cholesterol exceed the standard, and everything else are shown normal.
According to the patient’s description, it should be insomnia. To distinguish from deficiency and excess, insomnia with deficiency syndrome is more likely to be considered, especially considering liver blood deficiency in this case.
Traditional Chinese Medicines practitioners believe that the liver stores blood among the five internal organs, and the blood houses the soul. If a person’s liver blood is insufficient and the soul cannot rest well in the liver blood, they will suffer from poor sleep quality. Judging from the situation that the patient wakes up at two or three o’clock every night, and it is difficult to fall back to sleep, this period is exactly the running time of the liver meridian in the twelve meridians. In addition, in Traditional Chinese Medicine theory, the liver contains blood in the body as tendons. Insufficient blood in the liver will cause dystrophy of the meridians and easy craps. This is also in line with the patient’s condition. Therefore, it is believed that if patient wants to improve their sleep quality, they can pay more attention to nourishing the liver and blood.
Because Chinese Medicine states that the liver and kidney are homologous. The liver and kidneys are gradually depleted after 49 years old for women and 64 years old for men. Therefore, patients can choose a medicated soup that nourishes the liver and kidney, nourishes the blood, and calms the nerves. It is important to watch patient’s blood lipid problem and not to gain too much fat.
Patients can stew lean meat with 20 grams of Radix Rehmanniae Preparata and 20 grams of Polygonatum Sibiricum. Radix Rehmanniae Preparata and Polygonatum Sibiricum can nourish yin and blood, nourish liver and kidney. Stewed lean meat can nourish liver and blood and help with sleep. It is also suitable for people with three highs (high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar). It also has a certain regulating effect on blood sugar and blood lipids. In addition, patients can also try to use Traditional Chinese Medicine, 15 grams of Pilose Asiabell (nourishes the spleen and blood), 30 grams of Semen Zizyphi Spinosae (soothes the blood and nerves), 15 grams of Paeoniae Alba Rx (nourishes liver and soft muscles), 15 grams of Licorice Slice, 30 grams of Poria Cocos, 15 grams of Radix Rehmanniae Preparata (nourish blood and yin), decoct and drink.
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