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Resetting Your Sleep Rhythm

Posted By On 28 Jan 2020
Resetting Your Sleep Rhythm

Resetting Your Sleep Rhythm

Having a baby often means getting up multiple times at night…however once the baby has grown to the toddler stage, I’ve seen many a parent say, “my kids now sleeping through the night, but I’m still on the night feeding schedule!”

This is not a good situation….being tired can mean less patience and less productivity at work amongst many other things….

A broken sleep routine is not only familiar to new parents.  Pain, stress, and even Netflix can throw off your sleep rhythm.

Here are some key strategies to ‘reset your rhythm’:

  1. Expose yourself to daytime light–get outside at lunch, even if it’s just for 15 minutes whether its overcast or sunny. Doing this helps to normalize your cortisol so that your melatonin can naturally rise after sundown.
  2. Blue blockers at night: Wear low blue light glasses from 8pm onwards. This can block artificial light that can stimulate your brain and inhibit melatonin from rising. Many of my patients have benefitted from wearing these. https://lowbluelights.com/   Keep in mind that historically all the light we had at night was from fire (red/orange light) and from the moon.
  3. Don’t eat after dinner: fasting after dinner helps to allow cortisol levels to naturally come down. Conversely eating stimulates cortisol and can cause you to feel more awake therefore interrupting deep sleep.

    Hope this helps your snoozin’!

    For more information on how to keep you and your family healthy, I can help in a couple of ways:

    1. Work with me one-on-one
    If you would like to work directly with me and radically improve your energy-just send us a quick email erinmillshealth@bellnet.ca and we can set you up with a Naturopathic initial consult.

    2. Test drive my services
    Email us at erinmillshealth@bellnet.ca and we can set you up with a complimentary 15 minute consult

    Sincerely,

Kirsten Almon ND
and the Erin Mills Optimum Health team
(905) 828-2014

Check out our other blogs on sleep such as:

Never mind counting sheep

The worst sleeping postures

The most important mineral for sleep

Having difficulty sleeping? Try these Naturopathic Strategies

Kids and sleep

Dr. Kirsten Almon

Dr. Kirsten Almon has a Naturopathic Family Practice in Mississauga at Erin Mills Optimum Health with special interest and training in fertility (helping couples conceive naturally as well as improving outcomes for couples using assisted reproductive technology), pregnancy, birth, postpartum and pediatric care. She loves seeing children for "naturopathic well child visits" and consults on common issues such as food introduction, how to avoid colds, flus and ear infections.  Dr. Almon is the co-author and instructor of a Doula course specifically designed for Naturopathic Doctors and teaches across Canada.

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