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RightSleep

RightSleep® is an educational program that uses over-the-counter vitamins and changes in behavior to optimize sleep duration and quality, for ideal health and well being.

If you do not have Sarcoidosis, you are not working nights, and you have a doctor’s supervision, RightSleep can work for you.

For a list of common issues where RightSleep has shown to be helpful, click here.

The RightSleep Program can be used to help children with mild to moderate sleep issues. Please see the RightSleep for Children Video Series (to be used in conjunction with the RightSleep workbook).

The RightSleep Program can also be used to help children with medical problems such as epilepsy, autism, developmental delay, and autoimmune disease. For details, please click here.

Restoring your sleep through RightSleep® typically takes a minimum of one year. That said, it is not uncommon for it to take one and a half to two years. The program concludes with coming off the majority of the vitamins which have been working to correct deficiencies and restore your gut microbiome. However, even after you “complete” the program, you will continue to watch your vitamin D level to maintain an optimum level, supplement with vitamin D as necessary, and practice healthy lifestyle habits, diet and exercise for example, to promote consistent, healthy sleep.

Yes, in fact RightSleep® looks at optimizing sleep from a natural, holistic perspective. For example, if consistent, healthy sleep is something that is natural and normal for us to do and for the brain to regulate…then if restorative sleep isn’t happening, a relevant question is: What essential resources am I lacking that are preventing me from sleeping normally? RightSleep® seeks to correct the deficiencies that have been preventing natural, healthy sleep through vitamins and the hormone that we call, Vitamin D.

Any program that includes vitamin supplements can potentially be harmful if you do not monitor the impact of the vitamins on your system, listen to your body, and make adjustments as needed. The truth is, vitamins are not inherently “good for us,” they are valuable to us if we are correcting a deficiency or providing resources that our body needs.

There are a variety of ways you can monitor how your body is responding to the vitamins, which are outlined in the RightSleep® Workbook.

There are some specific issues that are not responsive to the RightSleep Program:

  • If you have Sarcoidosis you should not be supplementing with vitamin D.
  • If you are working nights and not able to switch to days, RightSleep is not for you.

If you do not have these specific issues, RightSleep may work for you but you need to be under the supervision of a doctor, in case you run into unexpected results.

RightSleep has worked successfully in over 8000 patients, presenting issues ranging from insomnia, to chronic pain and headache, to a variety of neurological issues, and much more.

If your doctor doesn’t know about this, it is not because they are not smart or potentially interested. This is relatively new information. The connection between vitamin D and the sleep switches was discovered in the 1980’s. However, for the last 40 years medical training has neglected the deeper understanding of vitamins, and the hormone we call vitamin D. Recently, more physicians are realizing that vitamin deficiency states are affecting us in a variety of ways. Those physicians are usually labelled as Naturopathic or Functional Medicine doctors. This doesn’t mean that “traditional” doctors don’t care about vitamin deficiencies or sleep issues. It just might mean that they are coming from another point of view and may not have caught up with these ideas yet.

Often, it’s the doctors who have had their own sleep or health issues that have not been successfully helped by conventional medical treatment, who sometimes become more open-minded, and are willing to look at alternative ideas.

Sleep Issues

If your brain chemistry for sleep is optimal, then you could miss sleep (let’s say because you had to be awake during your normal sleeping hours for some reason – for travel or a crisis situation) and still be able to make up for the sleep you missed at the next opportunity. You could take naps and extend the following nights of sleep to make up for the sleep you missed.

Because sleep is when we heal, both mentally and physically, we begin to run into a variety of health issues when we do not consistently get the sleep we need. This could be due to a physical situation, like working night shifts (not recommended). Or, for so many people, this happens because vitamin deficiencies lead to inconsistent, non-restorative or interrupted sleep.

So in the short term, for a person with healthy sleep, not getting enough sleep for one or two nights can be quickly corrected. But in the longer term, missing sleep can lead to fatigue and medical problems. If that describes you, then following the RightSleep® program is the answer to restoring your sleep (and your health). See the RightSleep® Workbook for details.

Waking from sleep feeling refreshed, and making full repairs during sleep, is really dependent on being able to move into specific phases of sleep. The restorative phases are called “deep sleep,” and they include Slow Wave Sleep and REM sleep. If those deeper phases of sleep are only a small part of your total sleep, then you may be asleep for a long time and still not wake refreshed.

If you’ve heard of the concept of “circadian rhythm,” you might be familiar with the idea that there are certain times of day where you may feel more awake, others more sleepy. Following this up and down energy curve, there are a few hours in the afternoon commonly referred to as the “afternoon slump.” These are hours where, if your night-time sleep isn’t perfect you might be more likely to want to nap.

Interestingly, when someone’s brain chemistry is most optimal, as can be achieved through RightSleep®, they often report that they no longer feel sleepy during the “afternoon slump.” A nap is no longer necessary because they are consistently experiencing deep, restorative sleep at night.

Your body’s moving parts are meant to get repaired while you’re paralyzed in sleep. When this happens, ideally, you wake every morning pain-free. There are many causes for pain, but pain that you notice upon waking, that’s gone in about an hour, may have to do with incomplete paralysis during sleep.

For example, if you have leg pain when you wake up, it may mean your legs were moving during a sleep phase where they should have been paralyzed and repairing themselves.

Certain deficiency states can result in body movement during the deeper phases of sleep when the body is meant to be still. That’s why, you can sleep for 10-12 hours, but if you don’t get paralyzed correctly, you can still wake with pain. Luckily, RightSleep® can help most people who are experiencing this issue.

Headaches usually suggest that you have an underlying sleep issue. Your headaches will be most effectively improved by returning to healthy, restorative sleep by following the RightSleep program.

While you sleep your brain moves what you experienced today into permanent storage; it becomes a memory. If your deep sleep is shortened or interrupted you may notice memory problems. RightSleep® can improve your deep sleep and help your memory improve.

It’s important to distinguish that there could be some varied elements to address in answering this question:

  1. For some people saying they “can’t sleep at night” is referring to having difficulty falling asleep.
  2. For others, I “can’t sleep” might mean sleeping only a few hours a night, or restless sleep, or waking multiple times in the night, or waking feeling unrested.

Most of the above issues have to do with brain chemicals that run the process of sleep. If your brain chemistry is off, you’ll have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep, and getting the deep, restorative sleep that you need. This common problem is addressed in the RightSleep® program.

However, there are other sleep problems that are related to the ability to breathe correctly while asleep. If, during the night, you have gasping or snoring or feeling that you woke up from sleep because you weren’t breathing, you’ll want to address whether you have an anatomic issue in your throat by seeing a sleep dentist, an ENT (ear, nose and throat) doctor, or a sleep specialist to get a supervised sleep study to see if you stop breathing at night.

First, know that as uncomfortable as your sleep challenge might be, there is hope.

If your sleep issue is related to an anatomical issue (referenced in the previous question), you’ll need to talk to a specialist.

If it seems like your sleep challenges might be related to a chemical issue (difficulting falling asleep and/or staying asleep, not due to a physical obstruction to your breathing), RightSleep® may be the right solution for you.

Short term use of sleep aids (over the counter or prescription) may be able to help you get vital sleep in the immediate term while you are working toward a long-term solution. If you are only able to sleep using sleep aids, but would like to be able to sleep without them, RightSleep® may be the right solution for you. If you have been using sleep aids, and suddenly they stopped working, RightSleep® may be the right solution for you.

RightSleep® is about restoring your brain’s ability to regulate sleep naturally by addressing common deficiency states.

Insomnia points to a problem that needs to be corrected. The good news is, no matter how long you’ve suffered with insomnia, most often relief and healing are still possible.

Your brain cannot regulate sleep if it does not have the raw materials it needs. With your full participation in the step-by-step program, RightSleep® works to add back the building blocks needed for healthy sleep. It has helped restore the sleep of people who have struggled with insomnia for decades. There is hope!

The answer to this question depends on why you have sleep apnea. If you have a small airway (the month and throat) that may have to be corrected through intervention by a sleep dentist using what are called ‘’growth appliances”. Growth appliances move the soft palate and the jaw slowly and gently to eventually give you more room to breathe through. This intervention might help or potentially cure sleep apnea.

If you do not have a physical airway issue, then RightSleep® might be the answer for you. Fixing the underlying deficiency states that are preventing you from sleeping normally may improve or cure your sleep apnea.

No. You can’t sleep too much. But, you can sleep for 14 hours and not feel rested. So most people who ask, “Can I sleep too much?” ask this because they have to sleep for long spans of time in order to function- or sometimes barely function.

For many years, depression has been linked to the desire to sleep longer hours and not get out of bed. But, is sleeping longer the result of the Depression OR is Depression a result of insufficient, or non-restorative sleep?

So, the potential change of thinking here is that you can be asleep for 12 to 14 hours and not experience proper, restorative sleep. If this is you, an even better question than “Can people sleep too much?” is, “Am I getting enough deep sleep?” You can now easily investigate this through sleep trackers. Or, you can go to your doctor and ask for a supervised sleep study. If you are not experiencing consistent deep sleep, RightSleep® might be the right solution for you.

Since you cannot sleep “too much” (see answer to the previous question), if you’re groggy upon waking, it could be because you are not getting the deep sleep you need, or because you’re waking in the middle of a deeper phase of sleep.

For example, if you are in deep sleep, and suddenly awakened by your partner, your alarm clock, or something else, you may feel foggy-headed or groggy because you were not allowed to complete the phase of sleep you were in.

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a need to move the legs, or involuntary jerking of the legs, while sitting or lying quietly when drowsy. It can have many root causes. One common cause is iron deficiency. To rule that out you can have your ferritin levels checked through a lab or talk with your doctor. The SNRI category of antidepressants (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_antidepressants) can cause restless legs as an unfortunate side effect. The most common cause of RLS appears to be sustained poor sleep for years. Most people with RLS have consistent improvement while following the RightSleep® program, which addresses other possible causes of restless legs syndrome.

Magnesium deficiency can be linked to poor sleep, so restoring your magnesium, if you have been deficient, can improve your sleep. Many people find adding more magnesium during the RightSleep® program helps their sleep improve.


Melatonin is a hormone that we make that helps us with the drowsy phase of sleep. It helps more with falling asleep than with staying asleep. If your body hasn’t been producing optimal levels of melatonin, supplementing with melatonin may help you sleep better. But if your sleep issue is not related to a deficiency in melatonin, usually it won’t be helpful. Keep in mind that there are many different potencies of melatonin available. Perhaps the smaller amount won’t work for you (.5mg) but the larger amount will (5mg), or vice-versa. Everyone is different and your response will depend on what your body needs.

If you are melatonin deficient, melatonin supplements could be your short-term answer, and RightSleep® could be your long-term one. The B vitamins are necessary to make melatonin so it is one of the brain chemicals that is helped by following the RightSleep® program

Endocannabinoids are chemicals that we make and use in our nervous system; they play a role in healthy sleep. CBD that comes from plants is a plant cannabinoid that is similar to the chemical that we naturally make. CBD can make you sleepy or make you more alert depending on whether or not you are deficient, and what sort of sleep disorder you have.

Like other sleep aids, CBD supplements could be your short-term answer, and RightSleep® could be your long-term one.

This commonly-asked question assumes that there is a “best,” one-size-fits-all sleep aid, or supplement. In fact, there is no best sleep aid because we each have our own, unique deficiencies. It’s interesting to note that with just about any OTC sleep aid there are reviews online saying “was a lifesaver, five stars!” and others saying “horrible, 1 star, had a bad reaction, be warned.”

A sleep aid that is effective for you, whether over the counter or prescription, is producing a chemical that you need…or, it wouldn’t help you. If you are not deficient in that particular chemical, you may experience no improvement or maybe even have a negative effect.

What we all want and need (whether we know it or not) is the proper brain chemistry that supports consistent, deep and restorative sleep. The kind of sleep where you fall asleep easily, during normal sleeping hours, and wake up rested the next morning ready to go. In order to achieve this, your brain needs the “raw materials” needed to manage this process. RightSleep® seeks to correct the deficiencies (such as long-term vitamin D deficiency) that have disrupted your sleep. Many sleep issues can be corrected by addressing the root deficiencies at play. There is hope!

Children's Sleep

The RightSleep Program can be used to help children with mild to moderate sleep issues. Please see the RightSleep for Children Video Series (to be used in conjunction with the RightSleep workbook).

The RightSleep Program can also be used to help children with medical problems such as epilepsy, autism, developmental delay, and autoimmune disease. For details, please click here.

You know how cranky you can feel after a bad night’s sleep? That can happen to your child as well. Suboptimal sleep every night (even if your child appears to be sleeping) can have your child waking cranky, tired, depressed or anxious. RightSleep® can help your child return to optimal, restorative sleep and wake in a better mood.

One of the functions of optimal sleep is for the body to be paralyzed during sleep so that the brain can repair moving parts. Vitamin D deficiency can produce abnormal leg movements during sleep that prevent repair and cause leg pain.

Growth, brain development, learning and sexualization of the brain all happen in deep sleep. Children who sleep but have less deep sleep than they need can have growth and developmental delays.

RightSleep® can help optimize your child’s deep sleep and allow your child to improve their development.