Category Archives: Sleep

Feeling Nervous

One of my children is shy, nervous and socially awkward. I’d like to help her learn to relax and also to deal with her feelings. I try to make time to read to her every night at bedtime to help calm her and ease into sleep. This seems to help. Can you recommend any books?

Children and adults will benefit from the following books and you can read them to younger children. If you teach your child the world around is supportive and healing, you raise a self-reliant child. These books teach about the value of all life and how we support nature when we work in cooperation with it: The Vision and Grandfather by Tom Brown[1].

A few other suggestions we can recommend for your child and all family members:

  • Limit and/or remove foods that contain artificial dyes/sweeteners/flavorings, caffeine and sugar from the daily diet, including chocolate, soda beverages (they contain caffeine and lots of sugar or artificial sweetener). Eat organic foods as much as possible.
  • Spend time in nature as much as possible. Walking barefoot in the grass grounds the body and helps to alleviate tension from our environment of noise and exposure to electrical devices (phones, tablets, music players, TV, cell phone towers, etc).
  • Make times for breaks during the day and get enough sleep.  Children may enjoy a healthy snack or smoothie after school and it marks a break from school to home before they begin homework. Work breaks have been proven to ease tension and improve concentration. Lack of sleep releases cortisol, a stress hormone. Sleep requirements vary between individuals with less sleep required by adults, see details below for sleep recommendations.

Sleep

  • School-age children: 9-11 hours per day
  • Adolescents: 9-10 hours per day
  • Adults: 7-8 hours per day


[1] Excerpt from Handbook for Healers by Almine.

What Can be Done ABout Snoring?

Snoring can be a very serious interruption to our own sleep and that of others. The following question was received from a student of Almine, Nadia, Chicago.

Q. Can you recommend something to help with eliminating or decreasing snoring?

A. Fragrance alchemy oils may work for you. They were successfully used very recently among a group of students who were sharing sleeping space, ‘dorm style’ and loud snoring was disrupting sleep.

The combination of pure Henna Flower and Lotus oils, available on Fragrance Alchemy was found to be really effective at both reducing and, even in some cases, eliminating snoring. See the diagram below for the locations to place the oils.

We recommend consultation with your health care practitioner for additional considerations including general obesity. The weight of body mass may put undue pressure on the neck and throat area when lying flat, contributing to airway obstruction and sleep apnea, etc. Persons with a large abdomen, a thick neck and/or women with large breasts may find that weight loss improves the overall quality of their sleep; also snoring may disappear or become less strident.

Henna Flower– place a small amount of the oil on both sides of the nose and out onto the mid-cheek area.

Lotus – place a small amount of the oil directly under the nose and on the length of both sides of the trachea/throat area.

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Answers for Sleep Disturbances

We hope you find the following Q&A from our readers helpful and beneficial.

Q. What is your point of view on using melatonin in order to help one sleep?

A. Melatonin is very helpful for short-term (a few weeks) use,  to help someone during a time of extreme stress on the body or acute crisis in their environment. Sleep is necessary to help us cope on all levels. I would personally recommend 10 mg of time-released melatonin. It is advisable to obtain melatonin that has vitamin B6 added.

 

Q. Why do I have night sweats?

A. Night sweats can occur for several different reasons:

Allergies: You could be eating something for your evening meal that is causing an adrenal response that manifests a few hours later, when you are already asleep.  This is usually accompanied by an increased heart rate and mild to severe panic attacks. This can be tested for by muscle testing various foods, or a more thorough method is to consult with an allergist who uses non-invasive techniques of testing for allergies. There are many types of equipment available that can measure the allergic response in the body without puncturing the skin. Puncturing of the skin in allergy testing is mostly helpful in determining the degree of the allergy so that the biggest offenders can be eliminated. The use of serum under the tongue is an answer to this particular cause of night sweats.

Heavy metals: This test should be done through urinalysis, collected over a 12-hour period. This is normally done following an intravenous challenge to chelate out the metals. Naturopathic clinics often practice this technique. The alternative would be hair analysis – an ounce of hair taken from the nape of the neck.

Hormonal Imbalances: It is recommended that hormone levels be tested with saliva for the different types of estrogen in the body and that levels be balanced with plant-based hormonal creams and retested after 3-4 months.

 

Q. Why am I not sleeping deeply?

A. If you are not absorbing nutrition properly from your diet, lack of amino acids could produce the effect of not falling asleep easily, sleeping shallowly and not being able to wake up in the morning feeling refreshed. When you lack tryptophan, found in turkey and walnuts, your sleep is not deep, peaceful and easy. Another amino acid that plays an important role in sleep is cysteine, which supports the immune system-and restful sleep that results in feeling refreshed upon awakening. It is often necessary to heal the lining of the intestines that have been abraded by hostile grains, infiltrated by overgrowth of fungus (which is called Candiasis, and is an unacknowledged pandemic world-wide). We highly recommend the Chronic Disease program here for a long-term solution.

Calcium is often in excess when natural salt is not being used. The reason for this is that the body searches for salt, taking it out of the gallbladder, and resulting in gall stones and crystallizations – or it is taken out of the bones which floods the body with calcium and upsets the calcium/magnesium ratio. This can show up as an irregular heartbeat as well as constipation. A chelated magnesium supplement is recommended. For all the above reasons, heart irregularities often accompany night sweats. Often it is simply a matter of having more magnesium to balance the calcium that is in your system that has been taken from your bones. Only use natural sea salt – the other types are unavailable for assimilation.

Sleep and Dreaming

Disturbed Sleep

Children and adults often have disturbed sleep due to dreaming. There is a sigil for preventing these types of dreams. We recommend that the sigil be placed under the mattress or the bed of the person who is experiencing disturbed sleep; it can be laminated. The sigil, Sabaruk Mechpa Urasbi, calls upon a specific angel. It should be placed with prayer (intent) that the angel will prevent disturbances during the night.

Click on the link below to download the sigil:

Sigil to Prevent Dream Time Interference