Author Archive for: Damiana

I am a woman with insomnia

When you have insomnia there is nothing that sounds sweeter than the promise of a guaranteed good sleep. The temptation of the pill that lulls you into sleep carries the weight of knowing that you don’t have an “Ambien deficiency” and it’s not truly healing your sleep. The only true relief is when you know that you, on your own,

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Why High Schools Should Start Later

Two students in 7th grade, Grace and Maya, tell us why school start times should be pushed back for better sleep. Melatonin and the Sleep Cycle Melatonin is a hormone produced by a gland in the brain that helps control your sleep. Sleep cycles are pushed back during the teen years. Adolescents’ sleep cycle changes to where they get their

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The minimum effective dose in sleep

The minimum effective dose is about finding what works and using the littlest and best amount. More is not necessarily better and can even be toxic. This can be applied to medication dosage, acupuncture points prescription, daily life habits, and even sleep hygiene. How does the minimum effective dose apply to sleep? For acupuncturists, it’s about finding the least amount

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Can’t Sleep? It Could Be Your Diet

We’ve all heard various theories about which foods and drinks to consume before bedtime in order to assure a good night’s rest—like warm milk, hot toddies, or chamomile tea. But one of these three is actually not a good choice. Here’s a list of “do’s” and “don’ts” for pre-slumber snacking. 1. DO have a high-carb, low-protein snack. Complex carbohydrates help

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Can’t Sleep? Your Prescriptions Could Be to Blame

Medications That Can Cause Insomnia and Other Sleep Problems Therapies such as acupuncture and herbal medicine can be highly effective treatments for insomnia. However, my clinical experience (and numerous studies) has shown that one of the causes of insomnia can be the medications you take on a regular basis. So, when my patients are taking something that could be causing

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