Remember the fairy tale "Sleeping Beauty"? In that fable the princess slept for 30 years as the castle became overgrown with vines. She was actually nearing 50 years of age when that kiss woke her, yet she had not aged a day! I don't think that the normal 8 hours of sleep per night can totally stop aging, but sleep is more than just a time of rest. Our body and brain does important maintenance and repair during sleep. We rejuvenate during sleep. Yet I consistently hear from people that they don't spend more than 5 or 6 hours asleep. This is either because of not allowing themselves to get to bed early enough to get 8 hours or, more commonly for many menopausal women, the inability to either get to sleep or stay asleep through the night. If you want to learn more about why sleep is so important for your health, please read "Why We Sleep" by Matthew Walker PhD.

If you have insomnia there are many nutritional and lifestyle ways to improve your sleep. For instance, I can analyse your current diet to see if there are deficiencies, and then we can focus on the foods and habits that will support restful sleep. If stress (racing mind) is part of the problem of unsound sleep, there are skilled relaxation techniques, herbs, and levels of exercise that can help. If pain or digestive distress prevents sleep, we can address that too. You don't have to suffer with insomnia and resort to addictive drugs to get a good night's sleep. Together we can get to the bottom of your insomnia so you can get your "beauty sleep" and feel your best.

Cats really know how to relax.