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 theirRead More
In our original post about why people wake up at the same time every night we have discussed why people tend to wake up at the same time every night and affirmations that help heal your insomnia. Not being able to sleep well is a complex issue and different things work better for different people. So what else can beRead More
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 helpRead More
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 causingRead More
Every child experiencing bedwetting that I have ever worked with has had one dream: to be able to have sleepovers with their friends. But the extent of bedwetting (enuresis) goes way beyond just not being able to sleep at a friend’s house, or having to change the bed sheets each night. Many parents express feelings of shame, embarrassment, and worryRead More
Why does my child wet the bed? What’s the best cure for bedwetting? Studies show that about 15% of children age 5 are bedwetters, 8% around age 10, and approximately 2% at age 15, so a lot of parents have asked these questions. But there’s only one thing we know for certain about bedwetting, or nocturnal enuresis, and it’s thatRead More
Many of my patients ask me this question. The Chinese medicine clock offers answers. Every 2 hours the energy runs through a different meridian. If the energy is unbalanced in a certain meridian, we may have trouble sleeping during the corresponding time. Take a look at the chart below and see if it resonates with you. 9 to 11pm –Read More
Are you doing all the right things and you are still not losing weight? Evidence shows that sleeping well is as important as exercising or a balanced diet. For some people losing weight is a constant battle. There are many different ways of losing weight and every individual has different needs. Regardless of the changes you are making in yourRead More
You may know of common causes for poor sleep such as having a new baby, going through menopause, or struggling with stress and depression. But here are some sleep thieves that that you might not be aware of, which you can fix right away.Read More
Most people think insomnia means simply not falling asleep or being able to stay asleep. It is more complex than that, so here are five scenarios I typically see in my practice from patients that suffer of insomnia:
I go to bed and it takes more then 20 minutes to fall asleep. My eyes feel tired, the anxiety grows but I just can’t fall asleep.
I wake a couple of hours after I fall asleep. I feel wide-awake, wired, and exhausted. Anxiety grows eventually, wondering how I will be able to face tomorrow.
I wake up at about 3am at least a few times a week. By the time I get to sleep again the alarm goes off and I feel as if I need a few more hours of sleep to feel ready for the day.