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Rebel Talk

Mar 10, 2020

Dr. Leigha Saunders is a naturopathic doctor who believes we all deserve to create the life we want with the health we need; your health is your greatest wealth. Dr. Saunders affirms that when you combine ambition with self-worth, you recognize what health truly means and you can create it.

In this episode, Dr. Saunders dives deep into the most common sleep difficulties women might face during different stages in their lives, specifically during postpartum and perimenopause.

Dr. Saunders shares what a healthy routine should look like, the meaning and functions of the different stages of sleep, how to optimize your sleep, tools to identify your chronotype and many practical tips you can put into action today to improve the quality of your sleep.

Key Takeaways:

[7:01] Dr. Saunders shares her personal and professional journey.

[8:46] Most women suffer from sleep disturbances.

[10:01] Sleep in perimenopausal women.

[10:40] Sleep is the one that tells us how well our nervous systems are functioning.

[15:15] What does a healthy routine look like?

[17:58] Dr. Saunders explains the different stages of sleep.

[19:58] Negative outcomes when we are REM deprived.

[23:49] Discover your chronotype.

[25:11] Dr. Saunders explains the hormonal features of sleep during perimenopause.

[27:12] Decompress during the day, not when your head hits the pillow.

[28:53] The health implications of sleeping pills and medication after using them long term.

[33:01] Herbs and nutrients can calm the nervous system.

[33:37] Tips for better sleep.

[37:13] Almost 60% of women experience some sort of sleep disturbance through menopause.

[39:40] The benefits of hormone replacement therapy.

[41:35] As women we tend to give and help people all the time, do it in a way that is not self-destructive by creating healthy boundaries.

[48:30] You have to prioritize sleep.

[48:56] Dr. Saunders shares a perceived mistake that propelled her forward.

[50:47] What makes Dr. Saunders rebellious?

[51:20] Rapid fire questions.


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Have you ever heard of IV Vitamin Therapy? This is one of the treatments that are offered at the Poppy Clinic, you can receive it as a stand-alone treatment or as part of your holistic health care. IV stands for Intravenous. It is a 40-minute session during which you are administered a customized blend of vitamins intravenously, right into your bloodstream. The advantage of getting your vitamins this way is that the digestive tract is bypassed in order for you to absorb 100% of what you are getting, you are receiving the vitamins directly, and are able to get much higher doses of the vitamins than you would ever be able to get otherwise.


Did you know that 1 of 3 people have a digestive compromise? This means that even if you are eating a great diet or taking all of your vitamins, you might not actually be digesting and absorbing everything. IV Vitamin Therapy is the treatment that helps you absorb 100% of vitamins into your system.


Benefits of IV Vitamin Therapy:

  • Boost your immune system
  • Heal from chronic disease
  • Fight off infections
  • Boost your mood
  • Improve sleep quality
  • Calm your nervous system
  • Health optimization
  • Prevention of disease
  • Anti Aging and collagen production boost


Reach out to the Poppy Clinic! You don’t need a referral. We look forward to meeting you very soon! 


Mentioned in this Episode:

Sleep Cycle Smart Alarm App

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