With Halloween coming up next week I thought I would do a pumpkin themed inspired post today, talking about sleep.

Not having a good nights sleep can be THE WORST. I hate that feeling of not feeling refreshed when I wake up and then heading into a busy day after only a few hours of sleep.

There are lot’s of reasons why your sleep may be off. You will want to book in with your naturopath for a consultation to investigate why YOU are having trouble sleeping. We can review your full health history and get a better understanding of what’s going on with your sleep. Is there something in your diet that’s bothering you? A hormone imbalance? Or maybe you just need some extra support with an herb or nutritional supplement to get you into a deeper state of relaxation. Let’s chat and get to the bottom of it.

Here is a quick festive tip to try and see if you can get some improvement with your sleep.

Having a handful of pumpkin seeds 30 minutes before bed could give your body that extra nourishment to more deeply relax.


Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan. This is the same amino acid in turkey that makes you feel drowsy after your Thanksgiving dinner. It’s a feel-good relaxation neurotransmitter. Who doesn’t want a little more of that?

Pumpkin seeds also contain high amounts of zinc, which can help the brain convert tryptophan into serotonin. Serotonin levels are typically low in people who cannot stay asleep and wake throughout the night.

Give it a try and let me know how your sleep is. If you’re really struggling with insomnia then book online at theyogavine.ca and we can start working on a more in depth treatment plan for you.