All human beings need to sleep. There seems to be a matter of course , to lie every night in bed and sleep. How important sleep is for health, falls on only when it is absent.
Even if the person sleeps , his brain is busy. It renews the messengers ( neurotransmitters ) and the impressions of the day are working in the existing memory (dreaming). At the same time the brain is regenerated by disposal of "waste" of metabolism. In absence or with too short sleep the brain remains too little time to finish these tasks; that has consequences.
Falling asleep and staying asleep disturbances affect many people. Approximately 30% of the population suffer at least temporarily thereof. Takes a sleep disorder several weeks, this is manifested: Depressed mood, daytime sleepiness with microsleep, concentration problems as well as heart and circulatory disorders are clear signs of a sleep disorder.
Disturbance of spirit and wandering soul
The liver is home to the "wandering soul" (Hun; pronounced "Chuon"), the heart to the "spirit" (Shen; pronounced "Schönn"). Impairments of wandering soul and spirit disrupt sleep. Since the wandering soul is anchored in the liver and the spirit in the heart, the causes of sleep disorders are located in the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) in these organs (or functional groups). There are mainly blood and yin deficiency in the heart and liver, which do not let the patient sleep. A careful survey on sleep quality of the affected person gives evidence for the disorder.
Since various sleep disorders occur, the treatment options vary. So difficulties with falling asleep are often a blood deficiency of heart, spleen or liver; Maintaining sleep disturbances would suggest a yin deficiency. Sleeps a patient restless and dreaming violently, usually a fullness state is in the foreground.
The TCM treats insomnia in principle with medicinal herbs and acupuncture. The herbal mixtures and acupuncture points, which are used depend on the type of sleep disorder.