Category: Sleep

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Designing a healthy morning ritual, one step at a time

Most people who find out that I get up around 6 am every day think I’m crazy. While I’ve always been a morning person, I read a lot about how a healthy morning ritual would set me up to have a great day, experimented with different things over time, and experienced the benefits firsthand. My…
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6 Methods for Getting a Refreshing Night’s Sleep

If you: Take much longer than the recommended 10-20 minutes experts say it should take you to fall asleep, Wake up in the middle of the night, unable to return to a restful sleep, Have trouble getting your body to relax, or your mind to be quiet enough to sleep, Wake still feeling tired, or…
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Even Wellness Professionals Need Help with Health (and that’s OK)

Are you a successful wellness coach, nurse, therapist, healer, yoga teacher / therapist, doctor, or other health mentor who’s struggling to meet your own wellness goals? Are you so busy taking care of others that you can’t seem to find time for your own self-care? The highest professionals in their area of expertise know they need a different perspective and take advantage of the power of a mentor.

6 Natural Solutions I Use (Some Daily)

I was recently pleasantly surprised by a natural remedy using neem oil. When I thought about it a bit more, I use several natural solutions–some every day–that I find effective enough to share with you.

Sleep’s New Nemesis

Do you understand WHY experts advise us against device-light if we’re having trouble sleeping? Do you realize it applies more widely to light in general? If you supplement with melatonin, or have tried to, you should understand this concept.

Insomnia from the Perspective of Chinese Medicine

A few months ago, my friend and colleague Chris Dewey of Thirdpathway Acupuncture schooled me on some aspects of insomnia I hadn’t heard before! This is truly fascinating information that you should listen to if you have issues falling asleep or staying asleep.

10 Things I Do at Night So I Have a Smooth, Stress-free Morning

If you’re someone who worries, plans, and stresses about the next day while lying awake in bed at night, know that taking care of some things before you hit the sack can be extremely helpful in getting your mind to relax. In this post I’ll share some things I might do in the evening so I have a restful night, as well as a smooth morning and (next) day.

Is Your Attention Focused in the Right Place?

It is very common that when we can’t sleep, we rather unconsciously focus our attention on the very fact that we can’t sleep, as well as the stories and thoughts that are keeping us awake, and things go downhill from there. Like with my pain, we must choose to direct our attention to an alternative something that will help–like on a particular breathing pattern.

Ayurveda snuck in the back door, and just never left

Why was/is Ayurveda appealing to me? Because it gives me reasonable, simple options to try to better my life and my health. Because it helps me understand my relationships, including my relationship to nature and the world. Because it’s helped me sleep better, eat better, exercise better, practice yoga better. And by “better”, I mean “in a way that’s more in alignment with what *I* need”, based on my particular tendencies toward imbalance. Ayurveda is pretty individual, and since we’re all unique, I think that’s pretty cool.

3 Simple Steps to Improving Your Sleep

This morning when I woke before the sunrise (as usual), it occurred to me that I’ve been exploring “sleep” and ways to improve my sleep for nearly 20 years. Wow. That’s a long time to feel a need for improvement, and then of course, there is progress, so I feel I have something to offer in this conversation. 🙂