|If yeast treatment is successful,
usually eye-contact improves and
the child seems more aware
and less "foggy."
Anecdotal reports claim that the
frequency of inappropriate noises,
teeth grinding, biting, hitting,
hyperactivity, and aggressive
The child acts less silly and shows
less inappropriate laughter.
September 10, 2011
Golden Slumbers ...Getting your Child to Fall and STAY Asleep
Once there was a way to get back home
Sleep pretty darling do not cry
And I will sing a lullabye....
If only it were as easy as a lullabye. In our house, sleep is a commodity that some
nights can't be traded for any price.
Last week, on consecutive days, Caroline was awake from 12-3 am, 1-6 am, and 1-5
am. By awake, I mean AWAKE. She talked to herself, danced on the bed, pleaded
to go downstairs, watch tv and everything she could think of to get out of the room.
Her mind was racing and she was genuinely incapable of calming down.
As you can imagine, her sleep patterns (or lack thereof) can cause significant
problems when we're trying to operate in a society that, well, uses clocks.
I was reminded of the problem today as I was making our Wonderful World of 180
day-in-advance Disney Dining reservations. Asked to select a time for breakfast, I
was at a loss -- because unless Cinderella's Fairy Godmother would be there to
wave her wand and transform 5 hours of sleep into 8, we might not make it. But who
knows, when you prepay $177 for breakfast for three, one might hope that anything
could magically happen.
Not having Fairy Godmother powers myself, I've had to solve the sleep issues by trial
and error. To spare some of you from the same learning curve, if your child won't go
to sleep or stay asleep and you'd like to be less able to relate to Adam Mansbach's
"Go the F**k to Sleep," here are my top three suggestions.
1. Start with Melatonin - Since this is the most basic of all the sleep interventions,
I'll leave it to WebMd to describe. We started using it when Caroline was 3 and have
only taken breaks to determine if she still needs it -- she does. It reduces the time it
takes for her to fall asleep on average from 2 hours to 15 minutes, which is HUGE
when you're waiting in their room, thinking of the 37 other more productive things you
should be doing. We give approximately 1-2 mgs at bedtime every night.
2. Fight Yeast - The majority of the time Caroline wakes in the night (especially
when it's accompanied by drunken laughing), it's attributable to yeast. If you're new
to the topic, please click this link to learn more.
There are two phases of yeast attack typically done on a biomedical journey.
The initial phase involves reducing existing yeast to a manageable level and the
second involves keeping it there while you bring about further healing with
treatments that can permanently end the battle.
The catch is, along the way, you'll learn that nearly everything responsible for
healing also increases yeast.... chelation, antivirals, B vitamins, even HBOT all can
flare yeast ---- with chelation anecdotally being the only one that can permanently
rid the yeast problem since mercury inhibits neutrophils which are responsible for the
body keeping yeast in balance. Chelation removes mercury... and you can connect
the dots from there.
That is why, even a mom like myself who has an abundance of yeast control
supplements at my fingertips, still has a daughter who sometimes wakes in the night.
I'm constantly walking the fine line between too few and too many interventions, all
the while trying to keep yeast at a manageable level.
3. Nourish the Adrenals - I recently wrote a blog about adrenals and how to keep
meltdowns at bay by increasing daytime cortisol levels using Adrenal Cortex Extract.
The opposite problem, also an early sign of Adrenal Fatigue, is high cortisol at night.
To counteract this, you need the 'ACE antidote' -- or Phosphatidyl Serine (PS). It
helps lower cortisol levels and has been a minor miracle in our house.
Since beginning it, Caroline is much less restless -- sleeping more soundly and not
waking in the middle of the night as easily. I squeeze 50-100 mg from a softgel and
rub it onto her wrists at bedtime. You can purchase PS at any health food store.
The problem we're still having is that yeast trumps adrenals. Which means, even if I
have her adrenals under control, she may wake because of a yeast flare -- which is
usually chelation or viral die-off induced. But there's hope...
Bibbity Bobbity Boo
In 180 days, when we're at Cinderella's Royal Table, I hope to tell you that our yeast
battle is primarily behind us. We'll have completed approximately 70 rounds of
chelation (50 is the magic number at which people say yeast tends to be dramatically
easier to control.) And I also plan to have a much better handle on her precise
If not, we'll still be likely battling sleep issues and I'll be searching out the
Fairy Godmother to work her magic.
So, although I'm anything but a sleep expert, I've learned that - when your child
needs more than a lullabye - the three precursors for a good nights sleep are:
- addressing melatonin deficiency
- eliminating excessive yeast; and
- reducing high cortisol related to adrenal fatigue.
Each of them plays a critical role in ensuring our children fall asleep and STAY
asleep. And, as anyone who's witnessed even the most typical children on the day
after a sleepover, knows... without a good night's sleep, their brains are not
functioning optimally (to put it kindly). Which means, for a child who needs all the
optimal brain function they can get, curing their sleep issues is something we must
consistently make a #1 priority.
(1) Parasites are another common cause of night waking. You can read about them
here: Parasites, why some with autism are not recovering.
(2) For a sleep guide by age, check out: How much sleep does my child need?
Silver lining to sleep issues... someday, Caroline will
have NO problem staying awake all night with her BFF's.
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