If you are having trouble falling asleep at night, or waking up in the night and having trouble falling back asleep then this blog article is for you!
What will help you to fall asleep, my top tips:
1) My favorite relaxation exercise is one that I learned in acting school when I was a teenager.
It is very potent.
This exercise was used by actors in order to relax before coming on stage, and over time, with this exercise, your body will learn how to relax faster and more completely.
Here are the basics (soon I hope to make this into a recording, but for now, here is what you can try):
First start with your breathing, slow it down, focus on it.
Then let the space between the out-breath and the in-breath increase (after the out breath, before your lungs fill with air again). Let it increase to one second for about ten breaths, then two seconds for ten breaths again.
At this point you should already be starting to relax.
Go through each part of your body from your forehead to your toes and let it relax during those two long seconds.
For example, relax you forehead. Then relax your left eye, then your right eye, then your left cheek, then your left jaw where the upper and lower parts of the jaw meet, then your ear, then do the same on the other side, then your upper lip, lower lip, mouth, then your scalp, especially where you head meets the pillow. Then relax you whole head together. Then move to your neck, start with the joint where your head meets your neck, then move slowly down your spine.
Are you bored yet? Tired? Falling asleep? :)
Relaxation techniques aren't for everyone.
If a relaxation like this make you more anxious then book a free chat with me.
2) Prayer may just be the best thing to do when you are feeling like you can't fall asleep.
Talk with God. Tell Him your struggles.
Often when we can't sleep we are thinking about stressful subjects.
Like Mother Theresa said when one of her nuns came to her in a panic because there wasn't enough bread that day to feed the poor, Have you told Jesus about it yet?
(In this case a whole truck of donated bread showed up shortly afterwards.)
The rosary is a nice repetitive prayer that can be very relaxing as you lie in bed.
You can count the rosary on your fingers at night if you don't have the beads with you already.
3) Yes, caffeine that you drank this morning can still be keeping you up at night.
I know, it's unfortunate, but it's true.
If you need help breaking the cycle of coffee and missed sleep, then consider working with me.
4) My favorite is homeopathic medicine!
If you want to change your lifestyle habits that you know are causing your lack of sleep, but you can't seem to do it, then homeopathy is for you!
Talk through what you are going through with a professional homeopath (me) and find the homeopathic remedy that will sooth you to sleep.
The role of iron in the body is to transport oxygen to all the cells of the body, so when you are low on iron it means that the distribution of oxygen is compromised, leaving you with symptoms such as:
Sometimes women are diagnosed with low iron during pregnancy without any of these symptoms, but just due to the results of a blood test. In this case it can be fruitful to check if you are in fact suffering from anemia or if your iron tested low simply due to proper blood expansion. Please look to the following article on the official Brewer website for details.
Feeling one or more of those symptoms?
Then work with Emma Banks, homeopath to increase your health and resilience.
How to boost iron levels during pregnancy?
The first way to boost iron levels is through diet or nutrition.
Some dietary sources of iron are:
When you are eating iron rich foods for the purpose of increasing your blood iron levels make sure to avoid eating dairy (cheese, milk, yogurt etc) and caffeine (coffee, etc) for at least one hour before and one hour after your iron rich meal/snack.
You can also increase your absorption of iron by adding Vitamin C to the meal. Drink a small glass of orange juice or fresh squeezed lemonade or take a Vitamin C supplement (250mg) with your iron rich food.
If food is not enough?
Increase iron using supplementation:
The use of beef liver capsules is becoming popular and here are three brands that I recommend: MK Supplements, Ancestral Supplements and Perfect Supplements. These aren't affiliate links.
My personal story of boosting iron in pregnancy.
Personally, I saw great results with the beef blood capsules from Ancestral Supplements.
I was notified by my doctor as being on the edge of anemia after my first blood test in pregnancy. I was taking a gummy prenatal that didn't contain iron because I just didn't feel very good after taking one that did.
I knew the importance of adequate blood iron so I started to look for something that my body would agree with and I found the beef blood capsules. This form of iron made sense to me, as a homeopath, as supporting the health of my blood by using the blood of an animal.
I took the capsules throughout second and third trimester and by the time I had my blood checked again during labor before giving birth my levels were back to normal.
After giving birth, the doctor said that I didn't even need to get another blood test to check my iron levels (as is standard here in hospital after birth). I was good to go!
After birth I took beef liver capsules as for recovery and breastfeeding support.
Another option for those who are vegetarian is Floradix liquid (or tablets but the body absorbs liquid better and there is less risk of constipation).
I also used the cells salts:
Use homeopathy to maximize your iron absorption and utilization.
You can also use homeopathy to increase your uptake of iron and relieve your symptoms during pregnancy.
Cell salts are nano doses of certain minerals that help your body to uptake and utilize the essential bodily minerals.
To support your iron levels use the following cell salts: Ferrum Phos 6X, Natrum Phos 6X, and Kalium Phos 6X. These three cell salts can be taken together several times daily for months until symptoms improve. Take these as indicated on the bottle.
I love working with women during pregnancy.
I invite you to work with me if you are experiencing low iron, stress or emotional symptoms during pregnancy.
Increase your health and resilience with me, Emma Banks, homeopath.
I will support you with personalized health advice and unique homeopathic remedies to relive emotional, mental and physical symptoms associated with pregnancy and get you in shape for the birth and postpartum period.
Classical homeopathy is non-toxic and can be used alongside any other medications.
Thank you for reading my article. I hope it has helped. Feel free to comment below.
Make a free appointment with me here to see if homeopathic care is right for you.
This blog article has been reviewed for accuracy by Alana Battiston, dietitian.
Emma Banks D.Hom.
I am a homeopath and holistic health consultant for adults and children.