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Things to Do for Better Sleep

By Stephen R. Farris

Binge watching our favorite television shows is something most of us do when we have a few days to spare, and nothing better to do. We sit for hours at a time, indulging ourselves with unhealthy snacks and about the only movement involved is pushing the buttons on the remote control.

Some of the problems with binge watching shows is the lack of exercise and most notably, the lack of a good night's rest. If done on a regular basis, it could lead to a few health problems and a bout with insomnia.

In order to avoid any of these health-related problems, you might need to make a few changes in your viewing lifestyle, as well as your eating habits while you're at it.

Sleep

If you're binge watching television shows for more than a few hours, chances are you may be having a tough time going to sleep at night, or in the early morning hours. The more you're involved in the program, it could raise stress levels and not only that, it could keep you from falling to sleep quickly because your mind is still reeling from that cliff-hanging last episode. Just like anything else, your mind needs a certain amount of time to calm itself down. For better sleep, set a limit on how many shows to watch and allow yourself time to bring your stress levels down to the point you're more relaxed before going to bed.

Snacking

Instead of grabbing a bowl of ice cream, glass of soda and/or candy bars, try substituting these healthy snacks instead while binge watching. Here are a few to choose from and they're easy to make ahead of time.

  • Salt and vinegar zucchini chips
  • Frozen blueberry yogurt bites
  • Baked broccoli tots
  • Kale chips
  • Roasted green bean fries
  • Hummus
  • Baked sweet potato chips
  • Baked cucumber chips
  • Chili-lime roasted chickpeas

There are plenty more to choose from and several may be available at your favorite supermarket, in case you don't have enough time set aside to make snacks.

Exercise

By now, you've probably heard that sitting for too long can be detrimental to your health. It's important to get up and move around at least every 30 minutes to an hour. So take a break from your movies and shows, get up and walk to the kitchen, do a quick clean, maybe step outside and get some fresh air. Try to do something to get some movement back into your body before settling back down for another episode.

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

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