Is there anything better than the feeling of being extremely well rested after a great night of sleep? Maybe the first sip of coffee the morning after a poor night’s rest would come close, but many of us would agree that refreshing sleep beats a strong cup of coffee anytime. Unfortunately, it seems that these days it is easier and easier to buy a cup of coffee and perk up somewhat on the way to work rather than actually get the solid and uninterrupted seven to nine hours of sleep each night that doctors and scientists alike recommend for our physical and mental health and well being.
While the occasional bout of insomnia, brought on by acute stress or some temporary health ailment, is not necessarily too troubling as long as it clears up quickly, insomnia that becomes chronic is an issue that definitely deserves a person’s attention. I recently came across an article by Everyday Health that provides some helpful suggestions on how to improve overall sleep time and quality, in addition to offering advice on when to make the decision to see a specialist about this issue.
If your sleep is being degraded by recent stresses or changes in your life, try incorporating some of these healthy habits into your daily routine to see if the quality of your rest each night is improved:
- Exercise t least three times a week; even just a fifteen minute walk on a daily basis is enough to regulate the production of melatonin in your body.
- Stay away from all electronics in the hour before bedtime, and keep all forms of artificial light (from a cell phone, laptop, etc.) away from the bedroom if you can.
- Avoid heavy meals right before going to sleep, since your body will have to put in a great effort to digest he food and therefore be unable to rest properly.
If you follow these habits and are still noticing a sense of tiredness following you throughout the day, you may want to consider seeing a specialist. Your primary healthcare provider may be able to check to see if your insomnia is caused by a health condition such as depression, for example. In addition to going in for a check up regularly, seeing a doctor of chiropractic on a regular basis can really help improve your sleep.
Chiropractic adjustments have been scientifically shown to reduce the amount of the stress hormone cortisol in the body; cortisol often interrupts the production of melatonin, which is important for regulating sleep patterns. When you go in for a consultation with a chiropractor at The Joint, be sure to mention your specific health concerns so that the two of you can come up with a personalized treatment plan that will help improve your overall wellness on your terms.
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