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Get More & Better Sleep


We’ve all had nights, here and there, where no matter what we do we cannot get to sleep. It’s normal. What is not normal is struggling to get to sleep every night, using drugs or alcohol to try to get to sleep, or hoping the TV will help you fall asleep in the wee hours of the morning. These are the indications of insomnia, which is a treatable disorder or dysfunction. We know that insomnia is the inability to sleep, yet it’s much more than that. It is considered habitual sleeplessness, meaning more than two nights without good sleep. Acute insomnia is associated with a few weeks of not sleeping, typically associated with a traumatic or highly stressful event. Chronic insomnia is the habitual lack of sleep for months or years.

Caffeine & Insomnia

Caffeine is a stimulant, which means it stimulates the nervous systems, the metabolism, as well as mental function. It takes twelve, yes that’s 12, hours for your body to process the caffeine you consume. For example – you consume 1 cup of coffee (average of 95mg of caffeine) at 8am, by 8pm half of that caffeine (47.5mg) is still there in your system stimulating function. Well no wonder you can’t get to sleep.

Certain medications, like antidepressants, water pills (diuretics), high blood pressure and high cholesterol medications, and allergy medicines have a stimulating effect on the body much like caffeine and can keep you up. They also interfere with normal hormone production which can throw the whole system and all of its cycles out of balance. If you suspect your medications talk with your doctor about trying supplements or herbal remedies to help or even changing medications to help.

Anxiety & Insomnia

Most adults have had some trouble sleeping because they feel worried or nervous, but for some it’s a pattern that interferes with sleep on a regular basis. When this happens for many nights (or many months), you might start to feel anxiousness, dread, or panic at just the prospect of not sleeping. This is how anxiety and insomnia can feed each other and become a cycle that should be interrupted through treatment. There are cognitive and mind-body techniques that help people with anxiety settle into sleep, and overall healthy sleep practices that can improve sleep for many people with anxiety and insomnia. Anxiety symptoms that can lead to insomnia include:

• Tension – in muscles and mind

• Getting caught up in thoughts about past events

• Excessive worrying about future events

• Feeling overwhelmed by responsibilities

• A general feeling of being revved up or overstimulated

Insomnia & Lifestyle

Insomnia can be triggered or perpetuated by your behaviors and sleep patterns. Unhealthy lifestyles and sleep habits can create insomnia on their own (without any underlying psychiatric or medical problem), or they can make insomnia caused by another problem worse. Examples of how specific lifestyles and sleep habits can lead to insomnia are:

• You work at home in the evenings. This can make it hard to unwind, and it can also make you feel preoccupied when it comes time to sleep. The light from your computer could also make your brain more alert.

• You take naps (even if they are short) in the afternoon. Short naps can be helpful for some people, but for others they make it difficult to fall asleep at night.

• You sometimes sleep in later to make up for lost sleep. This can confuse your body’s clock and make it difficult to fall asleep again the following night.

• You are a shift worker (meaning that you work irregular hours). Non-traditional hours can confuse your body’s clock, especially if you are trying to sleep during the day, or if your schedule changes periodically.

• You regularly use stimulants to wake up and get through your day.

Mother Gaia’s Remedies

Chamomile Honey – chamomile infused honey is soothing to the nervous system and helps you feel relaxed and ready to sleep. Use at least 1hour before bed for best results.

Relax & Sleep Tea – a blend of chamomile, lavender, and hops. Deliciously calming and soothing.

Relax & Sleep Lotion – basic lotion with blue chamomile, valerian, and roman chamomile essential oils. Apply to chest or feet to calm the body and mind for a deep, restful sleep.

Need More Sleep?

In my last article, ‘Why Do We Need Sleep?’, we talked about why sleep is an absolute necessity for living, not just feeling well. So, to help you not only get more sleep, but also better sleep, I’ve put together multiple techniques that are known to induce relaxation in the body and practices that help quiet the mind. With these easy techniques, you’ll be sleeping hard and dreaming strong in no time, just try it.

The average person needs 7 hours of sleep every night, but because we are all so different the range is between 5 and 10 hours. So, a big part of getting better sleep is to understand yourself. This is done by taking time to understand your sleeping habits. Before you attempt any changes take time to observe your habits, taking notes if need be, to get an idea of what you are doing before bed and how well you are sleeping.

A sleep journal can be just as important as a dream journal in helping you to understand yourself. I suggest taking it with you to bed so you can easily write in it as you go to bed and wake in the morning. List your activities that are common for you before bed and list all of the activities you do in your bed. After about a week of this, go back through your journal and review what you have written. You can get an idea of what you need to work with by answering these simple questions:

• What are the patterns or habits that you notice?

• Why is your bed being used for activities besides sleeping and sex?

• What can you change to improve your bedtime habits?

• How many hours are you sleeping most nights?

• Are you sleeping hard and remember dreaming?

Now that you’ve spent some time getting to know yourself better and have developed an understanding of your habits, you can change them.

Simple Steps for Adjusting Your Sleep Schedule...



Recipe of the Week

Simply Delicious Salad

A great nutrient dense and fiber filled meal. What a delicious way to continue your day!


3 large leaves of lettuce, chopped (Red/Green leaf, Romain, Butter, Bib, Iceburg)

2 large leaves of purple or green cabbage, chopped

1 leaf of kale, purple or green, chopped

1 large carrot thinly sliced

Handful of flowering chive tops, best when fresh from the garden

1 Tbsp Pumpkin seeds, raw and unsalted are best

1 Tbsp Flax seeds (ground or whole)

1-2 Tbsp of your favorite dressing. (I'll include a recipe for my wonderful sunflower oil and apple cider vinegar dressing with the next newsletter.)


 Cut vegetables and layer into bowl.

Sprinkle on chives, pumpkin, and flax.

Dribble on your dressing.



Product of the Week

Mother Gaia's Super Moisture Balm

Hand blended beeswax, emulsified wax, coconut oil, sunflower oil, honey, and ZERO water. Six simple ingredients, simply nourishing and deeply moisturizing to the skin. Better than any petroleum jelly because this is absorbed into and used by the skin for healthy nourished skin longer.

Find yours here.


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June: Buy one get one simply moisture lotion when ordering online. Shipping is always included in the price.


Upcoming Events


Dancing Gaia: Nature of Movement & Meditation

Every Saturday @ 8am, Aspen Lodge in Anthem Ranch

We’ll begin class with deep breathing, energy building, and gentle stretching warm-ups. Class continues with a unique blend of Tai Chi, Yoga, Qigong, and Tae Kwon Do style movements. Then we finish each class with a cool down and seated hand posture practice. These classes are for residents only. 

Want Dancing Gaia in your community? Send Mother Gaia an email here.

Wellness Education

Classes held at the Eaton Senior Community, Saturdays @ 1:30pm

323 S Eaton St in Lakewood, CO 80226 (open to the public)

What do you get to learn about?

• Nine dimensions health and wellness

• Physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness 

• Understanding your body.

• Alternative Medicine — other than surgery and medications

• Ways to improve your health without spending money.

• Cheap and easy remedies to use at home.

• Simple, gentle exercise to improve function.

• Free gifts, snacks, and handouts for attending.


Gaia's Wellness Experience

During this amazing full-day event you will experience Dancing Gaia, Wellness Education, Aromacraft, & Herbalcraft all the the beautiful Shadowcliff Lodge in Grand Lake, Colorado.

Join us August 6th, 2017 for a wellness experience you'll never forget!

Click here for more details and to purchase tickets.


Looking to try out a class? Mother Gaia offers many great classes here.

How about an unusual birthday party for that open minded teen, loved one, or friend that has everything?

Send Mother Gaia an email and we can schedule it on your time in your space.