Stop Insomnia TM

Want to sleep better?

If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, or face early morning awakening, you might suffer from Insomnia. Insomnia affects your quality of life and performances, as well as increases your risk of depression and anxiety disorders. If you have occasional or chronic insomnia, take action.

Conventional treatment methods offer often mitigate results and are associated with heavy costs in the long term. New alternative treatment modalities such as Laser therapy have shown promising results in dealing with sleep disorders while not presenting any side effects that may accompany chemical approaches.

At Stop Centers, we will provide you with a core of new efficient Laser Therapy integrated in a multidisciplinary approach with Acupuncture, Naturopathy, Massage therapy, Clinical Nutrition, Psychotherapy, and others to respond to the multiple aspects of Insomnia. Our group of dedicated health professionals is ready to help you improve your life.

Getting Informed

Insomnia refers to the conditions of having difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep, or waking up too early, as well as having poor quality sleep (waking up still tired).

Insomnia may causes the following complications

  • Not feeling rested or refreshed when you wake up despite getting enough hours of sleep
  • Feeling tired and sleepy during the day
  • Feeling irritable or anxious
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty focusing or concentrating during the day
  • Poor job and school performance
  • Higher risk of depression and anxiety disorders
  • Higher risk of car accidents
  • Higher risk for morbidity

If you are currently suffering from insomnia, you may want to know more about it.

Insomnia may be primary or secondary:

  • Primary insomnia means that the inability to sleep is not caused by other health problems. It is its own distinct disorder, and its cause isn’t well understood. Many life changes can trigger primary insomnia, including long-lasting stress and emotional upset.
  • Secondary insomnia is due to other health conditions that interfere with sleep, such as a physical condition (like muscular pain, arthritis, asthma, cancer, or heartburn), mental health condition (like depression, anxiety, and bipolar disorder), medications, or a substance consumed (like caffeine, nicotine and alcohol, some recreational drugs).

Insomnia is often categorized by how long it lasts:

  • Transient insomnia lasts for a few days.
  • Short-term insomnia lasts for no more than 3 weeks.
  • Chronic insomnia occurs at least 3 nights per week for 1 month or longer.

Causes of acute insomnia can include:

  • Significant life stress (job loss or change, death of a loved one, divorce, moving)
  • Illness
  • Emotional or physical discomfort
  • Environmental factors like noise, light, or extreme temperatures (hot or cold) that interfere with sleep
  • Some medications (for example those used to treat colds, allergies, depression, high blood pressure, and asthma) may interfere with sleep
  • Interferences in normal sleep schedule (jet lag or switching from a day to night shift, for example)

Causes of chronic insomnia include:

  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Chronic stress
  • Pain or discomfort at night, such as headache, muscular pain, arthritis, asthma, sleep apnea, heartburn, hot flash…
  • Poor sleeping habits
  • Substance abuse: such as caffeine, nicotine, and alcohol and recreational drugs.

Treatment of insomnia:

Depending on the type and cause of insomnia, treatment approaches are different. If you suffer from chronic secondary insomnia, the underlining medical conditions should be treated. For primary insomnia, sleeping hygiene coaching is the first line of treatment. A good sleeping habit is the base of a cure for insomnia.

On top of the above approaches, sleep medications may be prescribed for additional help. These medications include benzodiazepine (targeting GABA neurotransmitter receptor sites of the brain) and non-benzodiazepine hypnotics (targeting GABA or melatonin receptors sites), or antidepressants. These prescription medications may cause side-effects, such as drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue, headache, unpleasant taste, diarrhea, respiratory problems, depression, memory loss, sleepwalking, and in rare cases, overdoses can be fatal. Most of these medications may cause dependence and tolerance. When stop using them, patients may suffer withdrawal symptoms and insomnia rebound.

Compared to prescription drugs, natural approaches, such as auriculotherapy, and acupuncture therapy, have advantages. They balance the endocrine and neuroendocrine system and help patients to regain the capability of sleeping well. What’s more, there are no side-effects and no tolerance developed through these natural approaches.

Our treatment Programs

If you suffer from primary insomnia, our soft laser auriculotherapy helps to rebalance the neuroendocrine system naturally without having to take medication. The treatments restore your nervous system and bring back calmness to your life. The whole program includes complete sleep hygiene coaching and helps you rebuild a healthy sleeping habit.

with TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine):

if you suffer from secondary insomnia and there are underlying health issues (such as pains, digestive disorders, respiratory disorders, depression, bipolar disorders), the addition of acupuncture and herbal medicine can definitely increase your chance of winning the battle.

with psychotherapy:

If you suffer from chronic insomnia for many years, the sleeping habit is hard to change and the anxiety associated with sleep is intense, you may need extra help. Our psychologists will help you establish a new way of thinking, which will make a healthy sleeping habit possible!


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