Dr.Tara Skye Goldin's Newsletter Natural Medicine That Gets Results!
October 2007


Happy Fall! The leaves around town are golden which is gorgeous against that deep blue fall sky! As the days grow cooler and the nights longer we often like to cozy up in the evenings for a nice long snooze. Unfortunately, for many Americans and mothers of young children worldwide, sleep is an elusive, valuable commodity. Mothers of young children lose sleep for the obvious reasons. Their babies often wake at night to feed and their sleep cycles are rather immature. Other adults with sleep disorders may include those with chronic stress and anxiety in their lives, perimenopausal women, and many others who just cannot seem to slow their brains enough to fall into a deep sleep. In this issue I hope to touch on some of these issues . Sweet dreams! And Happy Halloween! (Don't eat too much candy!)

in this issue
Better Sleep Naturally! Co-Sleeping and Your Baby Natural Remedies For Insomnia Sleep Dysfunction in Women Pumpkin Recipes!

Co-Sleeping and Your Baby

The image of a baby and parent dozing off together isn't an uncommon one. But the practice of cosleeping, or sharing a bed with your infant, is controversial in the United States. Supporters of cosleeping believe that a parent's bed is just where an infant belongs. But is it safe? From KidsHealth

Natural Remedies For Insomnia

Although it's common to have the occasional sleepless night, insomnia is the lack of sleep on a regular basis.

Before starting any natural remedies, consult your doctor. Chronic insomnia can itself be a symptom of another condition, such as depression, heart disease, sleep apnea, lung disease, hot flashes, or diabetes, so it's important to see a doctor if you are having trouble sleeping. From About Alternative Medicine

Sleep Dysfunction in Women

Women are twice as likely as men to have difficulties falling asleep or maintaining sleep. Yet, physicians often overlook women's complaints about sleep. Scientific research only recently has focused on the incidence and causes of sleep problems in women, particularly sleep patterns and the changing needs and problems associated with sleep throughout women's life spans. In general, sleep is sounder and less prone to disturbances during young adulthood; however, some women are prone to sleep problems during their reproductive years. Hormonal fluctuations associated with menstrual cycle and pregnancy may affect circadian rhythms and stress reactivity, thereby rendering women more vulnerable to emotional stress and to concomitant sleep disturbances.From WebMD

Pumpkin Recipes!

What can be a better thing to do with your family on a crisp fall day than visit a local pumkin patch? Whether you buy them at a farm, market or grow your own, what are you going to do with all of those pumpkins? Make pie of course! And when you are tired of eating pumpkin pie (can that even happen?) what else are you going to do with all of those pumpkins? Visit this link and explore some new recipes! Yum!

Better Sleep Naturally!

Getting enough sleep is a real problem in our society. Much of that is due to lifestyle factors such as diet, lifestyle, and stress. Here are a few recommendations that may help. Happy snoozing!

1. Avoid distractions in the bedroom. The bedroom should be a restful peaceful place reserved for sleeping and sex. TV watching, paperwork, projects, phonecalls etc should not occur in the bedroom . I realize this is an ideal scenario and many people have space considerations in their living situation, but do your best to clear the bedroom of any distractions.

2. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol. These disrupt the area of the brain used for sleep and can hinder a good night sleep.

3. Learn to manage your stress levels. Yoga, meditation, prayer, regular exercise, and therapeutic massage can be helpful in this regard. Craniosacral therapy is also helpful in finding and achieving that deep state of relaxation.

4. If your adrenal glands are weak (from chronic stress and exhaustion) then your cortisol levels will be disrupted which will disrupt your sleep and contribute to weight gain. See a practitioner to help strengthen and balance your adrenal glands and your sleep will probably improve.

5. Female hormones that are out of balance can contribute to disrupted sleep patterns. This often happens during perimenopause. Balancing your hormones can also aid in improving your sleep.

6. The following natural substances may also be helpful. GABA, melatonin, L-theanine, and 5-HTP among others can be helpful. Please see a qualified naturopath , homeopath, acupuncturist or herbalist for a professional opinion and formulation for your unique situation.

7. Good nutrition can go a long way in supporting the body during times of stress. Eating a high protein diet, avoiding a lot of carbohydrates and sugars is often very useful in balancing the blood sugar. Balanced blood sugar levels will also support a good night's sleep.

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