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How Food Sensitivities Can Interfere with a Good Night’s Sleep

How food can affect your sleep

Part 8 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy explains how food sensitivities can prevent you from getting a good night’s sleep. She offers advice for breaking the cycle. We started off this blog series by discussing 12 potential causes of insomnia: Timing Environment Waking to use the bathroom Blood sugar imbalance Elevated cortisol Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin Stress Today I’ll be covering the eighth possible cause for disrupted sleep—food sensitivities. It… Read the rest

How Stress and Weight Gain are Related

How Stress and Weight Gain are Related

Dr. Doni was quoted in an article this week in the Health News section of NorthJersey.com. The piece, “How stress can affect your waistline” was written by Danielle Rose, a friend and patient of Dr. Doni’s. As I often say, stress is a natural condition of life. While we can’t eliminate stress, we can seek to manage it better so that we smooth out the peaks and valleys of your body’s stress response. The “fight or flight” syndrome, directly linked to adrenaline responses to stress, has been a biological factor… Read the rest

How Inflammation and Pain Affect Your Sleep

How are insomnia and inflammation related?

Part 7 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, explains how inflammation and pain are common reasons for waking during the night and offers solutions to break the cycle. We are mid-way through this 12-part series discussing causes of disrupted sleep. Research indicates that lack of sleep can take years off your life and lead to major health concerns. Understanding and addressing what is preventing you from getting good sleep is one of the best things you can do for your… Read the rest

5 Tips to Get Your New Year Off to a Balanced Start

When you are balanced, you feel good—even under stress.

As holiday stress fades into the past, Dr. Doni shares health tips for creating stress balance in the New Year. After the busy and stressful preparation for the holidays, having a few days off—and time to connect with family and friends—allows us a chance to come back to balance. It is a state that I refer to as “stress balance.” Now, for how to maintain this new balance as you return to your usual routine: I have five tips for you today, to support you with this goal, and a… Read the rest

Dr. Doni quoted in “Health Bistro”

Lifescript.com

The holidays can add extra stress to your already busy life, so Dr. Doni Wilson offers some helpful tips in an interview with Diane Wedner of Lifescript.com. Dr. Doni was quoted in an article called, “Tips to Tackle Holiday Stress,” by Diane Wedner on Health Bistro, “a blog from the editors of Lifescript.com.” Here’s an excerpt from the article: “Women, especially, already have packed schedules,” says Donielle Wilson, N.D., C.P.M., C.N.S– a naturopathic doctor, certified professional midwife and nutrition specialist. “Even if it’s just getting to one extra store, we… Read the rest

How Sleep Apnea and Weight Gain Are Related (Updated)

How Sleep Apnea and Weight Gain Are Related

Part 6 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, discusses how weight gain and sleep apnea can disrupt your sleep and offers advice on how to address both issues. In the introduction to this series, I gave an overview of 12 things that can disrupt our sleep. These are: Timing Environment Waking to use the bathroom Blood sugar imbalance Elevated cortisol Weight gain (this post) Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin Stress So far in this… Read the rest

How Cortisol Affects Your Sleep

How Cortisol Affects Your Sleep

Part 5 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni, author of The Stress Remedy, discusses how stress and our cortisol levels can disrupt our sleep and offers advice on how to keep things balanced. In the introduction to this series of articles I gave an overview of 12 things that can disrupt our sleep. These are: Timing Environment Waking to use the bathroom Blood sugar imbalance Elevated cortisol (this post) Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin Stress Over the… Read the rest

How Blood Sugar Levels Affect Your Sleep

How Blood Sugar Levels Affect Your Sleep

Part 4 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni discusses why eating too much, too late can make it hard to sleep (it’s all about blood sugar). She offers some simple tips to help you take control. In the introduction to this series of articles I gave an overview of 12 things that can disrupt our sleep. These are: Timing Environment Waking to use the bathroom Blood sugar imbalance (this post) Elevated cortisol Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin… Read the rest

Are Trips to the Bathroom Disrupting Your Sleep?

Bathroom Trips and Sleep Disruption

Part 3 of Dr. Doni’s Series on Sleep Disruptors and Insomnia Dr. Doni explores how waking up to go to the bathroom disrupts your sleep, leaving you feeling tired the next day—and offers tips for avoiding night time wake-ups. In the introduction to this series of articles I gave an overview of 12 things that can disrupt our sleep: Timing Environment Waking to use the bathroom (this post) Blood sugar imbalance Elevated cortisol Weight gain Inflammation and pain Food sensitivities Imbalanced neurotransmitters Hormonal changes Low melatonin Stress Over the next… Read the rest

The Complete Guide for How to Have a Stress-Free and Gluten-Free Thanksgiving

Complete Guide

Dr. Doni Wilson has prepared a complete guide for a gluten-free Thanksgiving, including 5 stress-free holiday tips, a gluten-free Thanksgiving meal plan, a complete set of recipes, and even a helpful downloadable shopping list for the big grocery run! Talking with patients this week, it became clear that it can be overwhelming to think of turning Thanksgiving into a gluten-free event. Once you are on a path towards improving your health by avoiding food allergens, it is disruptive to be re-exposed to those foods that are all-to-often present on a… Read the rest

DISCLAIMER: Donielle Wilson is NOT a licensed Medical Doctor (MD). She is a licensed Naturopathic Doctor in CT and WA states and practices as a health consultant in New York. Any reference to the practice of naturopathic medicine does not apply in New York State. Information on this website is provided for general educational purposes only and is not intended to constitute (i) medical advice or counseling, (ii) the practice of medicine including psychiatry, psychology, psychotherapy or the provision of health care diagnosis or treatment, (iii) the creation of a physician patient or clinical relationship, or (iv) an endorsement, recommendation or sponsorship of any third party product or service by the Sponsor or any of the Sponsor's affiliates, agents, employees, consultants or service providers. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any diseases. If you have or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your health care provider promptly.