Acupuncture often slips by the people who need it most.

When our schedules are already jam-packed, it’s hard to carve out time for another appointment. But the busier you are, the more important self-care becomes. Stress, even the good kind that motivates us to meet goals, takes a toll on our physical and emotional health.

Acupuncture can help keep you healthy when the going gets busy. Here are five reasons acupuncture always deserves a slot on your calendar.

Better sleep

Busy people can find themselves in a bind: Sleep is more important than ever, since it’s the body’s way of recovering from stress, but because busy people have so much going on, it can be hard to quiet the mind enough to achieve restorative sleep. Acupuncture is highly effective at resolving insomnia, but even in people who do not recognize or mention sleep as a problem, acupuncture has a tendency to produce more restful nights. This often goes unnoticed until asked about on a follow-up visit. Many acupuncturists hear this refrain multiple times a day: “You know, now that you mention it, I have been sleeping a lot better since I started coming for acupuncture.”

Immunity boost

Acupuncture strengthens natural resistance to disease. Forget endorphins. Forget improved blood circulation. Forget placebo. This is how acupuncture works, by bolstering your reserve and equipping you to fight off pathogens. If you routinely work long hours or push yourself physically and mentally, your immune system is working overtime. Since getting sick can really derail the life of a busy person, it’s important to prioritize prevention. Acupuncture strengthens the immune system so that you can avoid illness rather than dealing with it after it happens.

More energy

Although it’s common to find yourself in “acu land”—a somewhat dazed, blissfully relaxed state—immediately following acupuncture, the after effect is usually increased energy. Many people report having more energy in the hours, days, and even weeks after acupuncture treatment. You may notice that you’re avoiding that post-lunch coma, feeling more motivated to hit the gym, or just sensing a little extra spring in your step.

Mental clarity

In addition to the surge of physical energy following acupuncture, many people notice improved mental clarity. They’re able to make decisions faster, with greater confidence. They feel more motivated and resolute about tackling items that have been lingering for months on their to-do lists. It’s as if the mental cobwebs have been cleared out. Suddenly, you’re able to get out of your own way. Invest in acupuncture now and watch your productivity surge later.

Stress relief

Stress relief is a common reason for seeking acupuncture. However, not everyone admits or even feels that they have stress in their life. Often, busy people get so used to living with a certain level of stress that it has become their “normal.” It’s only in the absence of stress that they notice how stressed out they were to begin with. By evening out your mood, acupuncture allows you to feel less affected by and better equipped to manage the stressful aspects of your busy life.

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