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  • Writer's pictureMartha Lewis

5 Keys to Sleeping Well

Everything you do affects your sleep: what you eat, how you think, your habits, etc.

That’s why I look at everything in your life that is affecting your sleep in a holistic way.

The main reason why I chose Functional Diagnostic Nutrition for my certification in the lab testing was because the founder believed in looking at someone’s entire life and not just recommending supplements. He came up with the 5 foundations of healing called D.R.E.S.S. for Health Success ®. These are also the 5 things to look at to overcome sleep issues.

  1. D= Diet

Diet is the most important part of health. Many people tell me that they eat “healthy.” But there’s more to it than just eating organic and avoiding processed foods.

If you aren’t sleeping, it’s crucial to lower inflammation from what you’re eating. You can do this by:

I help my clients find their optimal diet during the healing process while we work together and after when they’re back to “normal.”

  1. R= Rest

My specialty is sleep so of course, I look at the foundations of sleep. I go over what to do the hour before bed, how to design your sleep environment for optimal sleep, and what to do when you can’t sleep.

There’s more to good sleep than these things though. If you can’t sleep, you’ve probably already tried all of these basic tips. That’s why I dive deeper into what’s keeping you awake at night with lab testing. It’s probably not Netflix that’s sabotaging your sleep.

  1. E= Exercise

Our bodies are meant to move. You can’t be healthy without some form of exercise. But running and HIIT isn't for everyone, especially those who aren’t sleeping. I give my clients a fun movement plan that works for them based on their test results and preferences.

  1. S= Stress

Stress is the root of all health and sleep problems. Our bodies are great at dealing with acute stress. But they can’t handle chronic, ongoing stress forever without breaking down.

There’s stress in the mind:

  • Rushing around

  • Worrying about money, kids, the world, etc.

  • Trauma

  • Unhappy relationships

  • Anxiety about sleep

I find the root of what’s stressing out my clients and help them either change it, see it differently, or get the help they need so that it doesn’t continue to affect their health.

There’s also stress in the body that you may not know about:

All of these imbalances create additional stress and keep you awake at night. You need to find out which systems in your body aren’t functioning properly and work on correcting them to sleep normally.

  1. S= Supplements

I recommend supplements in the short-term to help your body get back in balance and make up for nutrient deficiencies. I don’t want my clients to take supplements forever though!

If you’ve been trying different supplements and nothing helps, there are 2 reasons why:

  • Just taking supplements alone won’t help if the systems in your body aren’t working properly. Diet, exercise, and stress are even more important than supplements. For example, if you take a pill to lower inflammation but you don’t find out what's causing inflammation, you aren’t getting to the root of the problem.

  • You’re guessing. Without lab testing, you have no idea what your body needs. You’re just throwing spaghetti at the wall to see what sticks.

The only way to start sleeping better is to look at your lifestyle and health in a holistic way. Your mind and body and all the systems in your body are connected.

The only way to find out what’s hidden in your body that’s keeping you awake is to do functional lab testing. Basic doctors’ blood work doesn’t dive deep enough.

The only way to uncover your mental blocks is to work with someone who can coach you. That’s what we do.

You don’t have to figure this out on your own anymore.

If you’re like I was when I couldn’t sleep, you’re beyond frustrated that nothing you’ve tried has worked and no one has been able to help you. No one else understands what you’re going through. Even though you’ve tried, there comes a point when you realize that you can’t figure this out on your own.

You don’t have to.

We are here for you to tell you exactly what will help you sleep better using the science of lab testing. You don’t have to guess anymore.

You will also get so much support from us including coaching calls every other week and ongoing email access so that you are successful. This is what you’ve been missing-someone to listen to you, to explain things thoroughly, to answer your questions as soon as they come up.

We will get to know you as a person so that we can recommend what will work best for you.. Any kind of stress affects the body over time and can affect your sleep. We also help you handle the stress in your life better so that you stay healthy and sleep well long-term.

The path to better sleep is simple:

  • 1. Find out what’s keeping you awake in your body and your mind.

  • 2. Follow a step-by-step plan to correct them.

This is what I do for my clients. Book a call with me to learn how we can help you sleep better soon and be there for you every step of the way.

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