After the cause of such a disturbance is addressed, some children slip back naturally into smooth sleep patterns. Others learn new habits or are thrown such disequilibrium that the wakefulness continues. This may be the beginning of sleep difficulties. Recognizing the changes as they occur can help you I watch to see if a desirable pattern is developing.
You can decide how long to allow a child to re-establish a desirable pattern on his own. Several factors should be taken into consideration:
? His history of being able to settle himself: after his last illness, did he return
quickly to his old patterns or did you need to “draw the line?”
? His temperament: is he a “natural night owl” who will take any opportunity
to stay awake?
? His needs: how well is he coping during the day with reduced sleep?
? Your needs: how are you coping? How long can you wait it out? When a reasonable amount of time has passed and you have decided that a new habit has formed or has the potential to develop, you can change your response or intervene with the method that works for you.
Newborns. The first six to eight weeks are called “unsettled.” During this time, sleeping and eating patterns are not very predictable. A healthy newborn sleeps about sixteen or seventeen hours a day. This occurs during about seven periods throughout the day and night.
By the age of three or four months an infant sleeps about fifteen hours a day. Sleep occurs in about four or five periods. Approximately two-thirds î her sleep is at night. This is what sleep research defines as “settled”—that is she sleeps from a late night feeding to an early morning one.
Six Months. By six months, nighttime sleep has increased to about two hours at night with some possible, occasional, brief wakings. She will also t two naps a day (mid-morning and mid-afternoon), each nap about one to hours long.
Babies settle in various ways. Some children simply sleep through feeding. Others gradually push the feeding later and later. Others unpredictable. However, somewhere between three to six months a baby sleep a long stretch at night.
One Year. Fourteen hours of sleep is typical for most one year olds. If some of this amount is during a morning nap, you can expect her to give that up sometime during the second year.
Two To Six Years. Note that the afternoon nap disappears somewhere between three and four years.
Very little attention in the medical literature is paid to the functioning of a perfectly healthy mind in a perfectly healthy body. I highlighted the mind here with a reason. To be exact, conventional medicine largely ignores the mind as the ultimate manager of all functions of the body, and therefore ignores the role of the patient’s ultimate command over his own body.
The current scientific model of the human body is electrochemical (biochemical). The body is divided into many different organs, each producing and/or accepting various biochemical compounds. The nervous system somehow (?) produces electrical impulses controlling the lot. These electrical impulses cause various organs to produce complex chemical reactions. Going deeper into details, DNA, the chemical messenger theory etc. the picture becomes complex beyond comprehension, and still does not explain the wonderful functioning of our body. Medicine accepts, that the “program” controlling all vital functions of the body is embedded in our “subconscious mind” (the “sub” probably meaning that this part is considered lower or less important).
The orthodox sciences treat our conscious thinking mind as the highest possible, and yet they all admit that using it, they cannot comprehend and explain how their own bodies function in detail and why.
In contrast, yogis for thousands of years demonstrate that it is possible to control every function of their body (including the stopping of the heart for a couple of days) by learning to attain higher states of consciousness.
3. The Nose-Diaphragm line takes its course through the middle of the upper medial quadrant and the lower lateral quadrant, from the root of the nose to the spleen area in the left iris, or to the liver area in the right iris. In the lateral segment it represents the boundary line between chest and abdomen, which in the body is represented by the diaphragm. Hence, it is named the
Nose-Diaphragm line. White lines traversing the right iris in this area suggest conditions terminating in violent pains. It is therefore also termed: Pain-line. Similar signs in the corresponding area of the left iris suggest terminal pains arising from febrile conditions. (Splenic enlargement = inner fever.)
4. The Ear-Bladder line, which is drawn through the middle of the upper lateral quadrant and the lower medial quadrant is interpreted as Infection-line. It commences above in the ear area, and traverses the bladder area below. If this line has a dark registration in the right iris, it suggests the existence in the antecedents of severe chronic bladder disease. As practitioners, we must ascertain in diseases of the ears in children, whether the ancestors had disease of the bladder. On this basis arises the right Ear-Bladder line, also called Hereditary-transmission line, because it reveals the connection with hereditary encumbrance. In the right iris the bladder sign appears when catarrh of the bladder follows chill. If signs are seen in the bladder area of the left iris, then we should mainly think of venereal disease.
To avoid a big chase, we just lie down with him until he falls asleep.
There are degrees of parental involvement in the bedtime process, becomes a problem when it takes too much time or the parent begins to f© burdened or manipulated. It also becomes a problem when a parent involvement, or lack of involvement (for whatever reason), keeps the child from getting to, or back to, sleep. This can be an unexpected culprit in frequent waking—when he needs something from his parent in order to go back to sleep?
Unusual Sleep Cycles
She is just not ready to go to sleep—but we are!
Sleep patterns follow an internal set of rhythms. When they are skewed early, or late, or are extremely irregular, it becomes a problem because the child does not mesh with the family routine. Very often a problem at one end of the day begins to affect the other end or the remainder of the day. When a child apparent sleep needs (much more, or much less) are different from her parents it can also cause a problem.
Nightmares and Sleep Terrors
He wakes up screaming and really seems terrified.
Nightmares and sleep terrors are often confused because the incidents ca look so similar. The child “wakes” with confusion and fear once or several times a night. However, there are definite differences between a nightmare and a sleep terror. Recognizing them is crucial because the best response is very different for each.
Originating in ancient India, yoga involves spiritual, mental and physical discipline for the unification of the mind and body. Its physical aspect, a series of postures or asanas, is now widely practised around the world and is popular as a means of managing stress, building strength and maintaining physical flexibility.
Many people with medical conditions such as heart disorders, or diseases of the respiratory system like asthma and bronchitis, will benefit from regular yoga practice as will those with muscular or nervous disorders. Some postures are designed to tone and stimulate internal body organs and glands. There is no high impact aspect to yoga nor any sense of extreme aerobic exertion. Rather, strength is built through muscle control, balance and body awareness. Breathing is very important as the embodiment of the life force or prana. Like T’ai-chi, many of the postures are derived from the movements of animals and birds.
Yoga requires little equipment although a lot of people like to work on a rubber mat. Belts and frames are sometimes employed to maintain postures without straining the body. Your clothing need only be loose and comfortable. As with most physical and mental disciplines, it is recommended that you seek ongoing instruction from a qualified teacher. Select a school with an emphasis on the aspect of yoga which most interests you. Hatha yoga concentrates on physical discipline while Raja yoga places more emphasis on controlling the mind. Bakti is the devotional aspect of yoga.
Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables. A fat high diet will spoil your skin. Supplement your diet with vitamins if you think you are stressed. Vitamin A and E, and zinc are skin vitamins and minerals. Drink 10 glasses of water a day.
Dramatic weight loss over the age of 40 is very aging to the skin. If you need to lose weight, do it slowly and get daily exercise to tone your skin to the change. Baggy skin or stretch marks are the result of rapid weight changes.
The best exercise for skin is outdoor brisk walking. It stimulates the circulation, builds up a light sweat to clear the pores and leaves the skin looking pink and
healthy. If it does not suit you to walk, try swimming or cycling.
Smoking is the worst thing for skin. It gives it a yellow or grey tone, decreases circulation, builds up smelly
toxins in the skin and ages you faster than any other thing you could do to your body. Compare a smoker to a non-smoker of the same age.
Sleep is a great skin restorer. Tired people look older. Go to bed every night at the same time and get a good eight hours sleep, nine if you need it.
Use a moisturiser every day. Apply it to the dry spots such as face, neck, hands, elbows.
Take care with the sun. It dries the skin and ages it rapidly. Wear a hat, use a sunscreen and do not sun-bake at all. A light dose of sun daily is important to health but keep it off the face and neck and do not spend more than 5 minutes sitting in the sun.
This refers to the inflammation and infection of the sinuses, membrane lined cavities in the bones of the face. Infection commonly spreads from the nose when a cold is present,- but it can be caused by allergies, swimming (particularly in chlorinated water) or smoking.
Headache, toothache and pain in the face and eyes are sometimes accompanied by red swelling of the cheeks. Mucous discharge from the nose is often yellow or discoloured, containing pus draining from the infected sinuses. The patient will experience blocked nostrils and will often lose much of their sense of smell.
Take care to treat colds thoroughly to avoid the spreading of infection. Never blow the nose too hard as this will force infected mucous into the sinus cavities. Garlic taken during a cold will help stop the spread of infection and horseradish, chewed or taken in tablet form immediately before meals, will help reduce the swelling. Vitamin A reduces membrane inflammation and promotes the quick healing of damaged tissues. Take codliver oil which not only contains Vitamin A but also several fatty acids effective in fighting infection.
For relief from the pain of sinusitis, breathe a vapour of eucalyptus, peppermint or lavender oils. These oils can also be rubbed on the swollen areas of the face. Avoid dairy products for as long as the infection persists and include as much citrus fruit in the diet as possible. Grapefruit in particular is thought to be helpful for sufferers of sinus complaints.
Shock is of two types, one relating to sudden fright or extreme emotional stress, and the other to physical injury, often involving the loss of blood but not always. Both involve a sudden drop in blood pressure and will result in a pallor, shallow breathing and sweat but, while the former can be treated relatively easily, clinical shock requires first aid and immediate professional attention.
In cases of emotional shock, keep the patient warm and comforted. If fainting threatens or occurs, Dr Bach’s Rescue Remedy, a combination of five tinctures of herbs is recommended. Dilute and administer as directed. Gentle massage can also help, as can a dose of a sedative herb such as skullcap or valerian. Be aware that, in some cases, emotional shock can develop into clinical shock. If the patient’s pulse becomes weak or they do not regain con-ciousness after fainting, apply first aid and seek professional assistance.
Clinical shock sets in after heavy internal or external bleeding, spinal injury, heart attack, severe burning, near drowning, poisoning or as a result of an extreme allergic reaction (for example, to certain medications). The blood pressure drops and the skin becomes pale and clammy. The patient is sometimes nauseous, will feel faint and may lose consciousness. Act immediately. Loosen the clothing, and if possible, put the patient on their side, making sure all air passages are clear of the tongue or vomit. Phone for help. Keep them warm and if breathing stops, use mouth to mouth resuscitation.
Your mind-body system remembers every damage you did to it in the days gone by. If some healing in the past has not been perfect, because of other emergencies in your body (and mind), some of the damage remains unrepaired.
When you purify your body and mind, resources within your body become available, enabling repairs which are long overdue .
The effect of this can be quite’ amazing. Many people on various detoxification programs (oxygen therapies, fasting) observe symptoms of their past diseases in quick succession and in reverse order. Basically, you can expect to re-live every serious disease you experienced in the past. Don’t be frightened. This is healing. Your body is just fixing things which are long overdue. Symptoms are usually very mild, and they last only an hour or two. Many active people do not even notice such symptoms, because they are so mild.
I would like to give you just one example drawn from my own personal experience. At the age of 7 I had a severe ear infection, which was very painful, took a long time to heal and doctors injected me with lots of antibiotics. At the age of 42, during fasting I experienced the symptoms of this disease, accurate in every minute detail. I was astonished, because the situation was restored so perfectly, that I remembered not only my feelings from childhood but also the taste and even the smell of antibiotics I took at that time. The experience lasted only for a few hours.