In this episode, we talk about the importance of the third of our lives that is sleep in processing the day and laying the groundwork for deep rest, where we can repair, regenerate and detoxify so that we can wake up with resourcefulness as we move into the next day. Contrary to popular belief, insomnia and sleep issues, of all kinds, are relatively easy to resolve and can be made simple through functional medicine, where we can apply mindset, diet, lifestyle, supplementation and holistic devices to heal- improving the quality of your whole life in the process. Here, we dive into an honoring of the human experience and dynamic biology, by working with rather than against nature. I don’t let a patient leave my office without directly addressing this area of their life. This is a fundamental that cannot go unaddressed- as it is untapped potential in the most evident form.
Sleep: Diet is never just about diet, sleep is never just about sleep. It is an investment in the self, an honoring of the human experience and your dynamic biology, by working with rather than against nature.
Mindset: The more you address throughout the day, the less you will have to fall asleep with. Now, this is a continual process, so start where you are, work with what you have- but give yourself the freedom to be actively engage, create and release. Often, when our minds are going a million miles an hour before bed, I recommend that my patients place it down, write it down, say a prayer and-or set a powerful intention to address it in the moments that follow.
Diet: Diet is key to health in general, and each person is unique and requires unique nutrients for optimal functionality. For more on this, feel free to check out my private practice, where we can answer these questions. For sleep, specifically, I find that it is important to have healthy blood sugar levels and to in general, avoid caffeine after 2 pm, sometimes 10 am- this depends on how you detoxify caffeine, which we can also look into in practice.
Lifestyle: Good sleep starts when you wake up. Resetting your circadian rhythm, and going with the natural flow is important. It is also important to monitor screen time, make sure your bedroom is at an ideal temperate and darkness and more.
Supplements & Holistic Devices: I do not like melatonin for sleep as a starting place. I find that it does not work and most of my patients still struggle with sleep thereafter, waking up between the hours of 1-3 and groggy in the morning. We can absolutely create a supplement plan that addresses the root cause- but if you would like to try it at home, I recommend Pure Encapsulations Magnesium Glycinate to start, and possibly, looking into the Fisher Wallace Stimulator. For more on supplements and to receive 15% off all of our recommendations, you can sign up for a Free Consultation here, and we will make sure to set you up in our online dispensary.
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