Note From Dr. Rezaie
One of the things that I have been so lucky with is having my daughter, Leyla. We have been creating a schedule for Leyla since day one to give her a routine to allow to set her adrenal glands. These are not functioning when babies are first born. She has been inside the womb, without real exposure to the sun. So no circadian rhythms are established for her. Making sure she was given a sleep schedule that was followed by eating and activity and then repeat. This allowed us to get her to start sleeping through the nights at an earlier age, which in turn benefitted the whole family. As she gets older, we continue to adjust her schedule and routine to allow for her to grow and thrive.
For me, this has been a great reminder to do the same for myself. Having implemented morning and night routines for myself have made big differences. Instead of declining with my health during the early years of Leyla, I am building myself up to be able to keep up with her. My adrenals are benefitting from the schedule and routine daily to keep up with the increased responsibility in my life. Already, she has been teaching me to take better care of myself, simply by understanding what she needs to better take care of herself.