acupuncture for insomnia - side effects?
Hi - yesterday I received my fourth out of approximately six acupuncture treatments for insomnia. I have frequent awakenings during the night, my brain switches on and I can't turn it off! I'm also perimenopausal. So this acupuncturist is treating me for hormonal imbalance, anxiety, and insomnia.
After the second treatment, I started to notice some positive changes. While I was still not sleeping through the night, I felt I was awakening less. I also noticed that I was not practically falling asleep at my desk at work at 2-3 pm every afternoon. I feel like I have more energy and less anxiety. Very encouraging!!
I had my third treatment this past Saturday at about 12:30 pm tI went out with my husband that night had a couple of glasses of wine. This acupuncturist told me to wait at least 5 hours before having any alcohol after at treatment. I slept horribly that night and felt discouraged. I thought that maybe the alcohol disrupted my sleep as it has in the past, although it was only a couple of glasses.
The next day I had my fourth treatment, and I told him I slept poorly the night before. He inserted needles in different places this time. I didn't drink any alcohol after the treatment. Last night, I slept poorly again, although not as bad as the night before. I'm still feeling much better during the day, however.
Should I be discouraged by this? I have read that sometimes you can feel worse before feeling better. This is costing me quite bit of money, obviously. I don't want to convince myself it's not working, but I have concerns.
Does anyone have any thoughts/experiences to share?