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Simple Health Tips to Maximize Your Sleep

By Alexis Mills

With the start of daylight saving time and losing an hour of sleep it's crazy to see how one hour can adjust your whole routine and make unhealthy decisions simpler. To help you adjust to a new sleeping schedule and not wake up feeling groggy for weeks to come, see some tips to get you on track.

Make A Pact 

Set a specific time for waking up and going to bed -- and then stick to it! You can plan what works for your schedule and set the time aside to give you the amount of sleep that you need. If you are having a hard time falling asleep earlier, try relaxation techniques such as meditation, reading, or aromatherapy. If that doesn't work, try to take melatonin to help get sleepy earlier and ease your way into dreamland. Having a sleep schedule is vital to maximizing your sleep and getting yourself adjusted as soon as possible.

Set Your Space 

Making sure that your room is set up for your best sleep possible by darkening the room, setting the thermostat to a comfortable temperature, and turning off electronics, are all steps to make sure that you are ready to have a great night of sleep. Also, making your bed a sanctuary filled with soft clean sheets, blankets, and pillows will help you be more relaxed and comfortable for a restful sleep.

Wake Up Effectively

Although the quality of sleep is important, the way that you wake up in the morning can either set you up for an energized or a fatigued day. Incorporate steps into your morning routine that will effectively wake up the body and mind like letting in natural light, not hitting snooze, eating a healthy breakfast, drinking water, or getting in a morning workout; all will help.

Adjust Accordingly 

At the end of the day, creating a night and morning routine that effectively set you up for maximized energy is about finding what works best for you through trial and error. Try some new habits and note what works and what doesn't. Once you do find a personal routine, it will help you create better sleep and set you up for successful, productive days in which you feel your best.

When daylight savings catches you by surprise, it can really set our daily lives for a loop. If you are struggling with getting adjusted to a time change when traveling or adjusting to daylight saving time, look into what you are doing for your sleep routine and put your focus into getting the best possible sleep you can for your health and sanity.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in North Little Rock, Ark.

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