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

Good Night 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

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Sleigh Family Chiropractic

At Sleigh Family Chiropractic, we focus on restoring your body to health naturally. We provide family chiropractic care to treat your entire family. We have special certifications as pediatric chiropractors and prenatal chiropractors. With an evaluation we are able to make a spinal care plan that will focus on a balanced nervous system along with healthy lifestyle. As a leading chiropractic clinic we treat patients with back pain, neck pain, leg pain, and other painful conditions.

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