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How to Get More Rest and Feel Your Best

By Genevieve Cunningham

Most of us want to feel our best. No matter what we’re doing, we want to feel strong and capable and confident. One of the best ways to maintain this kind of feeling is by improving health. And one of the best ways to improve health is by focusing on rest. Are you really getting enough? Or is a lack of rest creating a bit of chaos in your body and life? If you really want to feel your best and function as efficiently as possible, take a look at these ways to get more rest starting today.

Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

Sometimes we look at a lack of sleep like a badge of honor. Oh, you got four hours of sleep last night? Well, I only got three and I’m still here! But the truth is that a lack of sleep is not something the be proud of. It’s something we should be trying to stop. If you want to get more rest, don’t worry about what your spouse is doing or your friends are doing. If they want to be tired, let them. Focus on the right amount of rest for you, and your health will improve with or without their approval.

Set a Routine That Works for You

Everyone leads a completely different life. Not every nighttime routine will be the same. You’ll need to find a routine that works specifically for you. Some people need a long wind-down -- like an hour or more. Others can wind down in 20 or 30 minutes. Some people are still on the move at 10 p.m., while others are at home by dinner time. The key is to figure out what works for you and your family. Once you do this, you can set up a routine that works with your life instead of against it and finally get the rest you need.

Aim for Consistency

While one night of good sleep will definitely feel good, the real key to adequate rest is consistency. You need good sleep every night, and after a while, your body will finally catch up. This takes effort, but the effects on your long-term health and even on your general mood will be well worth the extra effort.

Feeling your best definitely means getting plenty of rest. But getting adequate rest is definitely tough in the constantly moving world that we live in. Use these tips to improve your rest, and feel healthier, stronger, and more like your best self every single day.

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

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