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Lisa Rosenthal has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her current roles as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications for RMACT and teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women's sense of self. Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association, where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director

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The Importance of Sleep | May Is Better Sleep Month

  
  
  

Better Sleep Month and the Importance of Sleep

Better Sleep Month   Sleep and InfertilityIt’s Better Sleep Month (BSM).  Yes, there is a month dedicated to raising awareness just for that.  Likely, none of us have forgotten about the importance of sleep, though it may be time to renew a commitment to getting sufficient rest.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), insufficient sleep is a public health epidemic.  In honor of Better Sleep Month, let’s take a moment to revisit the importance of sleep.

 

Photo: Flickr Creative Commons (cvrcak1)

Sleep and Health

Sleeping is one of those fundamental requirements in life.

 

On a list of priorities, it's pretty high up there.

 

We all realize that we can't live without food and water.

 

We don't often recognize our dependence on our breath and our sleep.

 

Maybe that sounds ridiculous. 

 

Maybe not.

 

Food and water are things that we need to actively seek out. We need to plan, buy, prepare and eat our food. If we don't, we're hungry. If we don't, we're not nourishing our bodies. If we don't, we end up very unhealthy. Food is a tough one, because we have to eat to live, but in our society, there are so many unhealthy choices that becoming overweight is a frequent problem. Eating for reasons other than hunger is very common. Many of us do that, rather frequently.

 

You don't really hear that about breathing, except from us crazy yogis. Breathing is something that most of us don't over do. It's impossible to receive anything but healthy effects from breathing. Even if you breathe too much or too consciously, there are health benefits and very little downside.

 

Then we get to sleep. 

 

And here's the thing. We do more if we sleep less. 

 

Most of us are over busy and want to do more.

 

So we do more, we sleep less.

 

What else happens? 

 

We are more irritable, less productive, less clear headed. Our blood levels are totally whacked out, as are our hormone levels (have you had an appointment with Carolyn Gundell, MS, RMACT's fertility nutritionist?) and we age faster without the restoration that sleep offers.

 

Sleep is not what you should give up. Especially while you're trying to become pregnant.

 

A wise woman said to me recently that she values her sleep as much as she values her awake time. That she sleeps with as much integrity as when she is awake.

 

Consider that.

 

How to Sleep Better

 

Do you have any ideas of how to get more sleep more or how to sleep better? I'm happy to print them here. Click here for some tips on how to sleep better from the Better Sleep Council.

 

Let me know what else you want on the list.

 

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Infertility- Sleeping on a Regular basis?

  
  
  

Sleeping is one of those fundamental requirements in life.Top Infertility Practice Reminds You that Regular Sleep Supports Your Efforts In Becoming Pregnant

 

On a list of priorities, it's pretty high up there.

 

We all realize that we can't live with out food and water.

 

We don't often recognize our dependence on our breath and our sleep.

 

Maybe that sounds ridiculous. 

 

Maybe not.

 

Food and water are things that we need to actively seek out. We need to plan, buy, prepare and eat our food. If we don't, we're hungry. If we don't, we're not nurishing our bodies. If we don't, we end up very unhealthy. Food is a tough one, because we have to eat to live, but in our society, there are so many unhealthy choices that becoming overweight is a frequent problem. Eating for reasons other than hunger is very common. Many of us do that, rather frequently.

 

You don't really hear that about breathing, except from us crazy yogi's. Breathing is something that most of us don't over do. It's impossible to receive anything but healthy effects from breathing. Even if you breathe too much or too consciously, there are health benefits and very little downside.

 

Then we get to sleep. 

 

And here's the thing. We do more if we sleep less. 

 

Most of us are over busy and want to do more. Especially during the holiday season.

 

So we do more, we sleep less.

 

What else happens? 

 

We are more irritable, less productive, less clear headed. Our blood levels are totally whacked out, as are our hormone levels (have you had an appointment with Carolyn Gundell MS, RMACT nutritionist?) and we age faster without the restoration that sleep offers.

 

Sleep is not what you should give up. Especially while you're trying to become pregnant.

 

A wise woman said to me recently that she values her sleep as much as she values her awake time. That she sleeps with as much integrity as when she is awake.

 

Consider that.

 

Do you have any ideas of how to sleep more or better? I'm happy to print them here. Let me know what you want on the list, so share with others.

 

Ladies Night In- tomorrow, December 14th- Norwalk, 10 Glover Avenue- 6:00 PM. Please join Carrie Van Steen and me. We'll eat, we'll talk, we'll laugh, we'll cry and more. 

Top Infertility Practice Has Carolyn Gundell MS, Nutritionist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infertility clinic offers March of Dimes Walk, Ladies Night In, Sleep seminar and more!

  
  
  

 
Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) has a lot going on to support men and women challenged with infertility. Here are just a few things coming up this coming week. Remember that NIAW (National Infertility Awareness Week) starts this Sunday. Read more below about our March of Dimes walk to support NIAW.

First up, tonight, April 21, in our Danbury, CT office, we have....  

Ladies Night In Presents:  Coping with Secondary Infertility

When a first child is conceived with ease, you may feel completely off guard by the difficulty of having a second child. The emotional experience of secondary infertility often is a compilation of the distressing feelings of anger, grief, depression, isolation, guilt, jealousy, self-blame, and being out of control. You may feel guilty for experiencing normal grief and worry about how your current emotional state will affect your existing child. The powerlessness to produce a sibling for the existing child often produces feelings of sorrow, as does the inability to perpetuate the parenting role. You may feel distant from friends as those who were a great source of support when parenting the first child are now linked to sensations of pain and jealously.

Sadly, couples with secondary infertility tend to receive less social support from others than couples who have primary infertility because the infertility is unacknowledged, the pain associated with infertility is invisible as the couple has a child, and there is no concrete loss in the family. In addition, couples experiencing secondary infertility may be recipients of criticism by others who think they should be grateful for one child and that it is foolish to go to extremes to increase family size. Of course, a couple can be extraordinarily thankful for their existing child and still long for more children.

We will discuss ways to cope with the feelings mentioned above and you will meet other ladies experiencing the same things you are.

Led by: Carrie Van Steen. & Lisa Rosenthal

RSVP at the front desk, or call Carrie for more info @ 203.731.2520 ext. 289

Next this week, we have Fertile Yoga in our two locations on Saturday. From 9:30-10:00, our peer support group runs in Norwalk, CT. From 10:00-11:00, our Fertile Yoga class.  In Brookfield, our class is from 4:15-5:30.

As part of RMACT's Complementary Care Program, Lisa Rosenthal, 200-RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) and former infertility patient offers ongoing Fertile Yoga classes on Saturdays at the treatment center in Norwalk and at YogaSpace, a yoga studio in Brookfield. Lisa has created and designed Fertile Yoga, not only to enhance the possibility of conceiving, but also to specifically address women in treatment. Often a woman in fertility treatment feels more vulnerable emotionally as well as physically and the class specifically addresses those issues through poses (asanas) as well as guided meditation. Students are taught specific breathing and meditation designed to be used out of class, in a stressful or even painful situation. Spouses, partners, friends and family members are always welcome to attend and often benefit tremendously by this gentle, compassionate, meditative practice.

March of Dimes RMACT walk: April 25 

Finally, this Sunday is the March of Dimes walk. Many members of the RMACT team are walking to support healthy babies and birth. We would love to have you join us, either to walk or to donate. Our team is ready to go, we just need you!!!!

Every day, thousands of babies are born too soon, too small and often very sick. Our team is walking in March for Babies because we want to do something about this. I know you care, too. That's why I'm asking you to join us. It's easy: just click the join this team button.

If you can't walk with us, please help by donating to our team. You can do so right on this page. Thank you for helping us give all babies a healthy start!

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

That's just this week. RMACT also has the following coming up in the next month:

May 1: Dr. Mark Leondires (Medical Director of RMACT) will be speaking at the Annual Fairfield County Women's Expo.

When: May 1, 2010

Where:  The Stamford Plaza Hotel, 2701 Summer Street, Stamford, CT 06905. (formerly the Sheraton). Free  indoor parking. 

 When:  Saturday 12:00 to 12:45

A woman's body is ever evolving; affecting every stage of her life in ways most women do not realize or fully understand. Dr. Mark Leondires of Reproductive Medicine Associates of Connecticut (RMACT) will discuss the changes of a woman's body - the burgeoning of her reproductive years, her fertility, her post‐pregnancy
body and the culmination of menopause. The discussion will touch upon the functionality of each stage, as well as how it affects her overall physical health and leads into the next stage of life's cycle.

Coming up on May 13, 2010:

Sleep:  Its Impact on Weight Gain, Diabetes Risk and Fertility

Led by Ian D. Weir, DO, Associate Director of the Sleep Disorders Center and Director of the Insomnia Center at Norwalk Hospital and Carolyn Gundell, MS

Thursday May 13th                 

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

10 Glover Ave., Norwalk, CT

Seminars are $10 per person/$15 per couple
Refreshments will be served
RSVP to Cori at 203-750-7492
Space is limited!!

On May 22, a bagel breakfast at The Triangle Community Center:

This informative seminar will cover the medical, surrogate and administrative processes involved when building your family through third party reproduction.
The Triangle Community Center
16 River Street, Norwalk, CT 06852

Presented by

REPRODUCTIVE POSSIBILITIES, LLC &

REPRODUCTIVE MEDICINE ASSOCIATES OF CONNECTICUT

 

Speakers:  Melissa B. Brisman, JD - Surrogate Agency Owner

  Dr. Mark P. Leondires, Reproductive Endocrinologist

 And same sex couple who are parents through egg donation and gestational surrogacy and an experienced surrogate. They will share their stories.

Wow. It's a lot and we're adding more all the time. Fertile Yoga will continue every week, professionally led support groups begin all the time, individual counseling is always available and Ladies Night In will meet once a month.

Wow. It is a lot. Just what you deserve. A lot of support and help. Make use of it.

Hope to see you on Sunday!

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