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“I can’t sleep!” Must do’s before you investigate further

Posted on: September 27th, 2017 by thealife_admin in No Comments

If you are having trouble getting to sleep or staying asleep first let me tell you – you are not the only one!  I see so many patients who struggle with such a vital component of our health, so I thought it was time to address some simple changes to check off before we look further.

I am sure most of you already know how important sleep is… For managing mood, stress, blood sugar, it helps us balance our hormone levels, it gives us a sacred period to fast and allow the body to heal and for tissues to repair.  Studies show better sleep affects our decision making, attitude, concentration and memory!

Below is a checklist of things I highly recommend you do consistently for a few weeks before investigating the issue with a naturopath or integrative doctor for a more individual approach.  I always tell my clients the more chronic (long term) or complex the issue the important you must do the BASICS RIGHT and 100%.  By implementing these lifestyle changes you are telling our body you are ready to take responsibility for your health – and that changes everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you do ALL of the above and still not sleeping?  Try these!

  1. Consider Magnesium.  Magnesium is a muscle and central nervous system relaxant, you can read about the benefits here. The form of magnesium you take is important so check with a qualified practitioner first.
  2. Essential Oils –
    Diffuse Lavender in your bedroom at night.  I also like to add a couple of drops of Vetiver and Chamomile for a great relaxing effect.  I use and love this brand.
  3. Breathing –
    We love using the breath cycle of 4 count (inhale)  – 7 count (hold) – 8  count (exhale) repeat this pattern through day and in bed to balance your nervous system.  Learning a daily practice of meditation has also shown to improve sleep. 
  4. Get a naturopath to make you a liquid herb sleep tonic –
    Naturopaths can make up amazing liquid herb tinctures with herbs like Valerian and Passion Flower which a very effective for sleep and hormone balance.

 

Make these changes a habit for 30 days and let me know if they help!  We are always here to help, our studio works together to help find the root cause of your issues so please reach out if you need further advice.  


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