A Few Tips for Better Rest
By Stephen R. Farris
Getting a good night's sleep is not always as simple as it may seem. The constant tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable and just lying there looking at the ceiling is enough to drive you crazy when sleep won't happen.
There could be a number of reasons we can't sleep at night. We might be stressing out about bills, or a report that's due at work or school the next day. It could be the mattress we're sleeping on or a health condition, like backache, stomach pain or leg cramps.
Whatever the reason may be, all we want to do is just be able to shut our eyes for a few continuous hours each night.
Face the Wall, Look Away
Not necessarily you in that regards, but if the bright LED light from your alarm clock keeps you distracted from going to sleep, then turn it around. Really, all you need is the loud sound to wake you up from slumber anyway. If that's not possible, try turning your back to the clock. At least the light shouldn't bother you as much if your back is facing it.
When lying down for a night's rest, do what you can to get comfortable right away. Make sure you go to the bathroom before getting in bed. Try using an extra pillow or two, maybe a body one to snuggle up with. If you have back problems, use a knee pillow to help relieve the pressure and reduce any pain you might be experiencing.
Relax: Just Do It
Using relaxation techniques can also help you drift off to sleep quicker. Try some deep breathing exercises to see if it might get your mind into the sleep transition. You might try muscle relaxation, going from one group to the other starting with your legs and working your way up to your arms. Nothing intense, but using a more relaxed motion.
See Your Chiropractor
If pain is hindering you from getting rest at night, go see your local chiropractor. They can exam you and locate where the pain is originating from and set you up to receive chiropractic treatments. They can also suggest certain physical and mental exercises to try between treatments as well.
To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif.