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Posted by: Link, Thursday, October 8, 2009, 7:13am
Hello everybody,

I am writing to you today concerning my partner, 21 year old female, blood type A.

She has been on the BTD for about a year with overall better health, reduced cholesterol.

She has had to wake up about 5 to 6 times a week, around 4 am every night. This goes down to 4 to 5 times a week during holidays.

This is really disturbing her.

From what I know from BTD, blood type As tend to be more prone to cortisol imbalance which can disturb sleep patterns.

I have tried to get her to come to my Tai-chi class, or to take up yoga but it really isn't her type of thing.

Do you think it would be appropriate for her to try a cortiguard supplement ?

Any other advice for this specific issue ?

Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Thursday, October 8, 2009, 7:44am; Reply: 1
Hi Link, I use adaptogens and Vit C as in Cortiguard since 2001 with good results, and every kind of exercise (never to exhaustion for As) is very good for sleep pattern. Has she tried to skip tea and coffee in the afternoon, if she is sensitive to caffeine  and teine, Rooibos ot other herbal teas could help her as Chamomile, lemonbalm and linden.
If I drink coffee in the  afternoon, it is a huge problem to sleep also for me since I were a teenager.
Hope it helps
Maria Giovanna
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Thursday, October 8, 2009, 11:20am; Reply: 2
It will take time to resolve. Being consistent will help. What time does she go to bed at night?

B12 active form may help, take it one hour before bed, please if you can use the NAP brand it is the best one and most easily absorbed by A's.
Posted by: Mouse, Thursday, October 8, 2009, 1:49pm; Reply: 3
I also had this same problem, and it progressed to the point where I was so sleep deprived that I ended up in a very dark place in my life.

I upped my B vitamins, started to take Omega oils (although that is mostly for concentration), have taken up a Tai Chi/Pilates/Yoga mix class 4 times a week in addition to my triathlon training, and (crucially for me, I feel) entirely given up caffeine.  This was the last change I made, and the one which made the most significant difference - before I gave it up I was only drinking one mug of "leaded"/"real" coffee, first thing in the mornings at work, but as soon as I gave that up and switched to the decaf ("unleaded"!!) I slept so much better.  The relief was incredible.

Also, I have found that sleeping well is something which CAN be worked at.  For me, bedtime routine is quite important, and for a while I had to be quite strict about going to bed at an early time and making sure to relax properly right from when I got in from work ... now that I sleep better on a regular basis, I can afford to be more flexible, but I found out the hard way last week that I can't afford to be flexible on the caffeine  ::)

I hope some of my ramblings help in some way!! :)
Posted by: Link, Thursday, October 8, 2009, 4:49pm; Reply: 4
Thanks for your responses.

She doesn't drink any tea or coffee at all, as she doesn't really have a taste for it.

She usually goes to bed around 10:30 - 11:00 pm and gets up at 08:00 am.

Her mood does get affected quite a bit when she hasn't slept well, even though she is a lovely girl !

Maria, what exactly do you mean by adaptogens ?
Posted by: Andrea AWsec, Thursday, October 8, 2009, 5:50pm; Reply: 5
Needs to go to bed by 10pm.
Posted by: Maria Giovanna, Thursday, October 8, 2009, 10:21pm; Reply: 6
Adaptogens are herbs as Gingko, Heleuterococcus, ginseng, bacopa Monniera, Whitania somnifera which balance the cortisol  and the neuroreceptors together with vit C they help to deal with stress in a sound way. Cortiguard of NAP is a wonderful option. I'd like to sleep so much as this young woman, 5 or 6 hour are my routine alas, but I hope to cope with this without too much damage !
Maria Giovanna
Posted by: karen, Friday, October 9, 2009, 12:53am; Reply: 7
Quoted from Link

She doesn't drink any tea or coffee at all, as she doesn't really have a taste for it.

What about other sources of caffeine such as chocolate?  Many folks can't eat chocolate later in the day or they can't sleep at night.
Posted by: delightfuldeb, Friday, October 9, 2009, 1:04am; Reply: 8
I take 3mg. melatonin and 5HTP every night. I sleep a solid 7 hours  ;D
Posted by: Katsy, Friday, October 9, 2009, 12:59pm; Reply: 9
Make sure she's drinking enough water. That's the main cause of poor sleep for me. If I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep, I drink a LOT of water -- works like a charm! Otherwise, I lie in bed, tossing and turning, trying to get back to sleep and ultimately failing. Of course, the best defense is a good offense, so I make sure I drink a lot during the day -- but *if* I happen to forget to drink enough water, or was hot/sweaty during the day, then I will drink extra, even right before bed. I did that last night, in fact, and slept 8 hours straight through.
Posted by: koahiatamadl, Saturday, October 10, 2009, 12:36pm; Reply: 10
Has she always slept 9-10 hrs?  I just don't need that much sleep and if I tried to sleep that much I'd probably not have a restful sleep at all.  So maybe she just needs to get up earlier and see how that goes?
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