Although acupuncture does not generally reduce fibromyalgia symptoms, acupuncture using specific points on the ear -- called auricular acupuncture -- may improve both sleep quality and total amount of sleep time. The auricle is the medical term for the part of your ear that you can see. A small study published in the journal Acupuncture in Medicine found acupuncture helpful for reducing insomnia in women during pregnancy.
Pregnancy is a good time to try acupuncture as a safe sleep aid. Acupressure has also been shown to improve sleep in older women, although studies have not been conducted in younger women during pregnancy.
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