If you struggle with sleep disorders such as insomnia or sleep apnea, you might consider seeing a holistic sleep specialist, as we understand that a sleep disorder is complex and it requires customized and individualized treatments.

Sleep is one of the most basic human needs and when you are not able to get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of quality sleep, we simply don’t feel at our best.

Why consider a holistic sleep specialist?

Here are some ways in which a holistic sleep practitioner can help heal even the most stubborn and long term sleep issues.

  1. We are able to differentiate many types of insomnia. Within the Chinese medicine system, we understand that insomnia can show up in over 14 different ways and we treat it differently according to the findings. The treatment then is more focused and highly effective.
  2. We understand that testing various neurotransmitters can tell us why you cannot sleep and can provide exact steps for supplementation and balancing.
  3. If you know all the sleep hygiene tips but still cannot sleep, we have the experience and know how to take it forward. Adjusting certain habits can make tremendous changes in the sleep pattern. The important thing is to have the guidance to know what to keep doing and what is relevant for you.
  4. Naps are widely misunderstood unfortunately, but when done correctly, they can pull a person out of the worst insomnia. Our bodies have a natural lowering of body temperature around 2pm, which makes us groggy, as well as a small amount of melatonin produced; so we are naturally wired to take have a siesta. When laying down for a nap, set a timer for 30 to 45 minutes, then the focus should be to simply rest. Make sure it’s always before 3pm.
  5. We understand how complex sleep apnea is and that’s why we don’t have just one magic trick, but a bag of them. We look to strengthen the neck and tongue muscles with acupuncture, lower inflammation in the body, and provide herbs when needed.
  6. A large amount of neurotransmitters necessary for mood and sleep are produced in the gut. That’s why we always make sure that your digestive health is in great shape so your brain is provided with the necessary amount of nutrients to function well.
  7. We look at the entire body and while we focus on your sleep getting better, your other symptoms will improve as well, such digestion issues, anxiety, depression, pain, hot flashes, and night sweats.
  8. The focus of a holistic treatment is to help you sleep on your own and while we use different therapies to improve your sleep, most people will learn how to sleep well without any aids.
  9. Holistic sleep medicine is gentle, safe, and stimulates your own body’s capability to sleep, even if you’ve never been a “good” sleeper.
  10. You get to learn what your body needs to sleep well, stay happy and thrive.

Honoring the individuality of each person gets the job half done. In addition, keeping a sleep journal over a few weeks tends to pinpoint correlations that might affect the quality of the sleep. Then making the changes accordingly might help, but in more stubborn cases, it is more effective when combined with acupuncture, sleep coaching, herbal medicine, therapy, and functional medicine. If you have further questions visit our contact page and we would be happy to answer them.