If you happened to have missed the last two weeks of posts of this series, in part one I mentioned that March 12th to the 18th is National Sleep Awareness Week and in it I discussed: Why sleep is so vital to your good health and well being. In the second part, I discussed: How much sleep you really need to stay healthy and in this the final third part, I am going to tell you: What you can do to begin a path towards better sleep and a healthier lifestyle.
What Can You Do To Begin a Path Towards Better Sleep and a Healthier Lifestyle?
Start by assessing the following individual needs and habits:
- How do you respond to different amounts of sleep?
- Pay attention to your mood, energy and health after a bad night’s sleep opposed to a good one.
- How often do you get a good night’s sleep? If your answer is “Not often”, then you may need to consider changing your sleep habits. When you begin this process, you may realize that often you are not getting what you would call a “Good night’s sleep.”
To begin your path for a better night’s sleep, follow these tips:
- Establish consistent sleep and wake schedules, even on weekends!
- Create a regular, relaxing bedtime routine such as soaking in a hot relaxing bath or listening to soothing music. Begin an hour or more before the time you expect to fall asleep.
- Create a sleep-conductive environment that is dark, quiet, comfortable and cool.
- Sleep on a comfortable mattress and pillow.
- Use your bedroom only for sleep. Avoid watching TV, using a computer, using your cell phone, or reading in bed.
- Finish eating at least 2 to 3 hours before your regular bedtime.
- Exercise regularly during the day or at least 3 hours before your bedtime.
- Avoid caffeine and alcohol close to bedtime.
- Most importantly, make sleep a priority, schedule sleep like any other daily activity. Don’t make it the thing you do only after everything else is done. Stop doing other things so you get the sleep you need.
After you make a commitment to getting the sleep you need you can expect to enjoy the following things toward beginning a path towards better sleep and a happier healthier lifestyle:
- Being more productive.
- Being less irritable.
- Being less excitable and less stressed.
Since, how well you sleep is inherently linked with how much you eat, how much you exercise, and how you function on a daily basis. The proper amount of sleep will help you get on the road to better physical fitness, healthier eating, and a happier healthier lifestyle.
How can chiropractic care help you get a better night sleep?
If you’re unfortunately one of the 40% to 60% of the general population who happens to have trouble sleeping and you are experiencing pain and discomfort at night and have difficulty falling asleep, a visit to your local family doctor of chiropractic may help. Your local family doctor of chiropractic is trained to treat spinal problems that commonly interfere with a restful night’s sleep, we also offer individually ergonomic advice that can help you improve the quality of your sleep. As wellness experts, doctors of chiropractic provide you with a different approach to your sleeping problems, without the use of potentially dangerous sleeping aids, which are commonly known to cause strange dreams, sleep walking, leaves you in a mental fog the next morning, and can cause many other undesirable and harmful side-effects especially with their prolonged use.