EPISODE 073: Optimize Your Sleep Health with Dr. Leigha Saunders

Dr. Leigha Saunders is a naturopathic doctor who believes we all deserve to create the life we want with
the health we need; your health is your greatest wealth. Dr. Saunders affirms that when you combine
ambition with self-worth, you recognize what health truly means and you can create it.

In this episode, Dr. Saunders dives deep into the most common sleep difficulties women might face
during different stages in their lives, specifically during postpartum and perimenopause.

Dr. Saunders shares how a healthy routine should look like, the meaning and functions of the different
stages of sleep, how to optimize your sleep, tools to identify your chronotype and many practical tips you
can put into action today to improve the quality of your sleep.

Key Takeaways:
[7:01] Dr. Saunders shares her personal and professional journey.
[8:46] Most women suffer from sleep disturbances.
[10:01] Sleep in perimenopausal women.
[10:40] Sleep is the one that tells us how well our nervous systems are functioning.
[15:15] How does a healthy routine look like?
[17:58] Dr. Saunders explains the different stages of sleep
[19:58] Negative outcomes when we are REM deprived.
[23:49] Discover your chronotype.
[25:11] Dr. Saunders explains the hormonal features of sleep during perimenopause.
[27:12] Decompress during the day, not when your head hits the pillow.
[28:53] The health implications of sleeping pills and medication after using them long term.
[33:01] Herbs and nutrients can calm the nervous system.
[33:37] Tips to have a better sleep.
[37:13] Almost 60% of women experience some sort of sleep disturbance through menopause.
[39:40] The benefits of hormone replacement therapy.
[41:35] As women we tend to give and help people all the time, do it in a way that is not self-destructive
by creating healthy boundaries.
[48:30] You have to prioritize sleep.
[48:56] Dr. Saunders shares a perceived mistake that propelled her forward
[50:47] What makes Dr. Saunders rebellious?
[51:20] Rapid fire questions

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Have you ever heard of IV Vitamin Therapy? This is one of the treatments that are offered at the Poppy
Clinic, you can receive it as a stand-alone treatment or as part of your holistic health care. IV stands for
Intra Venus. It is a 40 minutes therapy where you will receive a customized blend of vitamins for you and
administer them intravenously, right into your bloodstream. The advantage of getting your vitamins this
way is that the digestive tract is skipped in order for you to absorb 100% of what you are getting, you are
receiving the vitamins directly to your cells, and you are able to get much higher doses of the vitamins
that you would ever be able to get otherwise.

Did you know that 1 of 3 people have a digestive compromise? This means that even if you are eating a
great diet or taking all of your vitamins, this doesn’t always mean that you are actually digesting and
absorbing everything. IV Vitamin Therapy is the treatment that helps you absorb 100% of the vitamins
into your system.

Benefits of IV Vitamin Therapy:

– Boost your immune system
– Heal from chronic disease
– Fight off infections
– Boost your mood
– Improve sleep quality
– Calm your nervous system
– Health optimization
– Prevention of disease
– Antiaging and collagen production boost

Reach out to the Poppy Clinic! You don’t need a referral. We look forward to meeting you very soon!
Mentioned in this Episode:
Sleep Cycle Smart Alarm App
Oura Ring

Get in touch with Dr. Leigha Saunders
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Mini Training from Dr.Leigha Saunders

Quotes and Tweetables:
“Sleep is a feedback mechanism that indicates how well your nervous system is functioning”
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“Go to bed when you are actually tired and avoid blue lights before bedtime”#therebelpodcast #sleep
#health
“REM sleep and dreaming allow us to process old information, get rid of the information we don ́t need
and make new memories and consolidate information that is actually important.” #therebelpodcast
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“It takes 12 hours fro the body to metabolize a cup of coffee.” #therebelpodcast #coffee #sleep #health
“Decompress during the day, not when your head hits the pillow..” #therebelpodcast #sleep #health
#relax
“Almost 60% of women experience some sort of sleep disturbance through menopause.”
#therebelpodcast #women #sleep #menopause #health
“Just remember: you are not alone” #therebelpodcast #community #health

Naturopathic Doctor. Clinic director. mama of 2. Mom & baby practice. IV vitamin therapy. BHRT & hormone health. Digestion. Dr. Mom ND. Lover of life. Born Rebel.

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