Thursday, September 17, 2020

Before Implementing Sleep Coaching...

Please keep in mind that before attempting to implement a sleep coaching program, key issues MUST be addressed first and/or may also require an immediate referral out. These include and are not limited to:
  • Medical Issues: Tongue Tie, Reflux, etc.
  • Behavioral/Emotional/Temperament Issues
  • Trauma/Abuse
  • Sensory Processing Issues
  • Developmental Issues
  • Hunger/Feeding Issues
  • Nutrition Issues (anti-sleep foods, allergies, food intolerance, iron deficiency, vitamin d deficiency, etc.)
  • Imbalanced Internal clock
  • Lack of Consistent Schedule, Routine & Bedtime Ritual
  • Stress
  • Travel Effects
  • Environmental Issues (Light vs dark, temperature, exposure to toxins, EMF’s, fragrances, etc)
  • Many Changes happening all at once
Does this mean we can't do ANYTHING before these are addressed? NO! Often times we can implement a lot of sleep foundations while the other issues are worked on. 

If you think there may be some underlying issues that need to be worked on prior to working on sleep, it is crucial to reach out sooner rather than later. That "sleep problem" may be fixed by addressing the above and that need for sleep coaching all but disappears!

Call today for your FREE 20 minutes sleep consult to see what I can help with! Call or Text me at 206-922-2051.

Sunday, September 13, 2020

PNW Smoke

If you live in the Pacific Northwest, then you know it looks like a zombie apocalypse out there! The smoke is so thick, the sky looks orange. Please take this smoke seriously with your children, babies, and yourself (especially if you’re pregnant!). Air quality is VERY important for littles ones and pregnancies. 

If you or your family are experiencing any of the following smoke inhalation symptoms, please contact your doctor or go to your nearest emergency room/urgent care center and make sure to follow the steps below to make your home more safe from the wild fire smoke:
  • Coughing
  • Trouble breathing normally
  • Stinging eyes
  • A scratchy throat
  • Runny nose
  • Irritated sinuses
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Chest pain
  • Headaches
  • An asthma attack
  • Tiredness
Here’s what the Washington Emergency Management Division suggests for keeping your home’s air quality safe: https://tools.airfire.org/airtools/v1/pnw-smoke.html?lat=47.3&lng=-119.5&zoom=6&fbclid=IwAR0qxwFLpQjsQW-87QUAVhJ6sths-xtk3-BZDEvd-vnNO7GcuozYet53gac

Here’s what the EPA says about keeping your home safe from smoke:

  • Keep windows and doors closed.
  • Use fans and air conditioning to stay cool. If you cannot stay cool, seek shelter elsewhere.
  • Reduce the smoke that enters your home.
    • If you have an HVAC system with a fresh air intake, set the system to recirculate mode, or close the outdoor intake damper.
    • If you have a window air conditioner, close the outdoor air damper. If you cannot close the damper, do not use the window air conditioner. Make sure that the seal between the air conditioner and the window is as tight as possible.
    • If you have a portable air conditioner with a single hose, typically vented out of a window, do not use it in smoky conditions. If you have a portable air conditioner with two hoses, make sure that the seal between the window vent kit and the window is as tight as possible.
  • Use a portable air cleaner or high-efficiency filter to remove fine particles from the air.
    • If you use a portable air cleaner, run it as often as possible on the highest fan speed.
    • If you have an HVAC system with a high-efficiency filter installed, run the system’s fan as often as possible to remove particles while the air quality is poor.
  • Avoid activities that create more fine particles indoors, including:
    • Smoking cigarettes.
    • Using gas, propane or wood-burning stoves and furnaces.
    • Spraying aerosol products.
    • Frying or broiling food.
    • Burning candles or incense.
    • Vacuuming, unless you use a vacuum with a HEPA filter.
  • Avoid strenuous activity during smoky times to reduce how much smoke you inhale.
  • Create a clean room.
  • Have a supply of N95 respirators and learn how to use them.
  • Air out your home by opening windows or the fresh air intake on your HVAC system when the air quality improves, even temporarily.