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Sleep: We All Need a Good Night From It

By Stephen R. Farris

After a hard day at work one of the most enjoyable things to look forward to when we get home is a good night's sleep. There's nothing like falling down on your comfortable mattress, curling up under the covers and gently, peaceably, drifting off in sweet slumber.

There's a catch though. There's always a catch. The majority of us are sleeping on uncomfortable mattresses, thus putting undue pressure on our joints, back and neck. Besides the equipment we sleep on, there's other things that factor in as to why we don't sleep the way we should. It could be stress from our job, school or physical activity we're involved in. It could very well be the food we eat too.

However, there are several ways to get a comfortable night's sleep and feeling fresh and vibrant when we wake up in the morning.

Traveling Grace

If your job requires frequent travel to different time zones, then try adjusting your sleep schedule when you arrive. It usually takes a day or two to get adjusted to the difference in time, but you can get a jump on it sooner by moving your sleep schedule up or down an hour when you reach your destination.

Deter Yourself From Late Night Snacking

This can also be said about dinner as well, but if you're hungry before bedtime, don't give in to a quick trip to the fridge. That snack could cause your belly to ache and you just may end up tossing and turning all night and feeling drained in the morning. Try drinking a glass of water. It should help eliminate your hunger to a point, plus it's good on your organs during sleep.

Visit Your Local Chiropractor

If you constantly have problems getting a restful night's sleep, it could be from lower back problems due to the position you sleep in, the mattress, or from neck pain. Whatever the reason, a visit to your local chiropractor could solve a lot of your problems. They can examine you and suggest treatment options to help you get a better night's sleep. They can offer tips on exercise and nutrition and advice on changing up your lifestyle. The bottom line is they want you to be healthy and active.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Danville, Calif.

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