How Heart Math has changed my practice
This past spring I had a patient with a really challenging case. They told me that they have been sleeping less than 6 hours a night for years and that even that was only possible with the help of sleeping medication. Most nights they were so tired they’d pass out in minutes but weren’t able to stay asleep and never felt rested in the morning. Worst of all, in the morning they felt groggy and felt slower. If you were to ask any of my colleagues they’d tell you that I think medications really do have a time and place. I take comfort in the fact that my patient was being pro-active and reached out for help with their doctor when they needed to. However, not all medications are meant to be taken long-term and in this case my patient really wanted to get off them.
Luckily for me I added Heart Math to my practice this past May. It uses over 25 years of science to help people like my patient find relaxation and even better sleep. My patient had just retired and STRESS was a huge reason of why they couldn’t sleep. Heart Math uses something called Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to see how healthy someone’s nervous system is. Unlike other stress management exercises like meditation, in heart math you can see your progress in real-time. Over time my patient could see the changes they were making to their health with every week of practice.
Over the course of a few months I am happy to report my patient finally feels rested. They do not instantly fall asleep when they rest their head on the morning and they feel awake in the morning. Instead of going to another pill or supplement my patient was able to train powerful skills that they can use anywhere to feel more relaxed and get better sleep.
Dr. Graeme Rowell is finishing his Heart Math certification and had only a few spots left at a reduced rate. If you or a friend are looking to get better sleep feel free to book a free 15 minute consult or phone Forward Health at (519) 826-7973 to see if Heart Math is right for you.