The 12 Days of Health and Wellness: Day 8, Get a Good Night's Sleep

Fatigue from loss of sleep is a common cause of many health problems during the holiday season.  As wellness experts, chiropractors help patients take a different, natural approach to sleep problems.  

Sleep is the body’s time to re-energize and recharge to get ready for the activities of the next day.  Sleep loss leads to illness, poor mood, decreased productivity, and tension.  With a hectic schedule of the holiday activities, sleep is often sacrificed.  

Below are some easy tips to help you sleep better without the use of medications:

  • Exercise regularly.  Exercise promotes the release of chemicals that promote sleep.   It is best to exercise earlier in the day as exercising can be stimulating and can keep you awake.
  • Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages throughout the day.  Caffeinated beverages include: coffee, tea, and soda.
  • Eat an early dinner.  Eating a large meal close to bedtime can keep you awake.
  • Go to bed and wake up at the same time everyday - even on the weekend.  This will help your body get into a routine sleep cycle.
  • Keep your bedroom completely dark.  Even a little light can throw off your sleep.  If you get up during the night to go to the restroom, use as little light as possible while staying safe.
  • Keep your bedroom cooler than 70 degrees fahrenheit.  Research shows optimal sleeping temperature is 60-68 degrees fahrenheit.
  • Use a proper mattress and pillow.  Drs. Quintin and Katie Sleigh recommend a firm mattress and a pillow that holds your head in line with the spine and the rest of the body.
  • Visit your chiropractor.  Many times back and body aches and pains prevent people from sleeping.  Chiropractors help to alleviate stress, tension, and pain so that you can sleep comfortably!

 

Source: The American Chiropractic Association www.acatoday.org/HealthTips

Photo credit to: freefitnesstips.co.uk

 

 

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