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Sofie Desforges-Bell | Blog | Mental Health | Naturopathic Medicine

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a condition that holds a place near and dear to my heart. I became quite intimate with this spectrum of disorders from a very young age, when my brother was first diagnosed with Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD) when he was just 3 years old.

Pascale Kastelein | Blog | Mental Health

I was officially diagnosed with autism when I was 9 years old, however my parents always knew that beforehand. I was displaying most of the typical signs of autism such as stimming, developmental delays, social awkwardness, weak fine motor skills, etc.

If you struggle with the quantity and quality of your sleep, you may want to incorporate more of these nutrients into your diet. In general, avoid a diet high in sugar and refined carbs as it can negatively impact the quality of your sleep.

In order for your body to produce the melatonin needed to get ready for sleep, you have to follow some simple steps. These include establishing a bedtime routine by setting the mood and practising good sleep hygiene.

Traditional Chinese Medicine uses various modalities to support people with their health goals, including helping them get better sleep. These include acupuncture, cupping, herbs and spices, meditation, and much more.

Our current cultural landscape of high stress, anxiety and the widespread use of smart phones and other technologies, has made sleep even more elusive. The statistics are sobering. According to Statistics Canada, 1 in 2 adults have trouble going to sleep or staying asleep. This may negatively affect their relationships, their ability to perform tasks and make sound decisions.