Want Better Health? Get Better Sleep!
By Donna Stark
Whether you wake up feeling like you were run over by a train or you spend all your energy trying to soothe a cranky and overly tired baby, it's easy to see how a night of poor sleep can impact the way we feel. And because of that, it shouldn't be hard, then, to imagine what many nights of sleep deprivation can do. If you are having trouble getting the rest you need and would like to make a serious improvement in the way you feel, keep reading!
Improve Your Sleep for Better Health
Prioritizing the quality of your sleep is important because the inability to give your body the rest it needs can lead to many physical, emotional, and mental health problems. Take a look at some of the reasons why sleep is so crucial to optimal health and wellness, and how you can improve the quality of your own.
- Physical health - Sleep deprivation can cause serious problems with your physical health. It can impair your body's ability to fight disease and develop immunity, it can increase your risk of heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers, and it can lead to accidents and injuries that could alter your life forever. Try to get the recommended amount of rest by going to bed and waking up at the same time each day.
- Stress and anxiety - A lack of sleep can disrupt your day in many ways but the most significant is how it can increase the levels of stress and anxiety you are faced with. If you want to fall asleep faster and reduce that stress, try a variety of relaxation techniques, such as reading, journaling, or taking a bath before you go to bed.
- Energy - Low energy and poor productivity are sure to be a part of your day when you don't get a good night of sleep, so prioritize your rest by keeping your room dark and cool, and turning off all electronics at least an hour before bed. It is also recommended to get as much sunlight as you can when you wake up in the morning.
- Memory and moods - Since deep sleep plays a huge role in how well your brain processes things and makes connections, it can be difficult to concentrate and focus throughout the day if you don't get enough of it. And when you struggle with things like that throughout the day, you may end up feeling frustrated and particularly moody. By staying committed to a healthy bedtime routine though, those bad days will be numbered!
Better Sleep (and Days) Ahead!
Good sleep is essential for your overall well-being, so be sure to take the necessary steps that will help you prioritize it! And if you need help on where to start, just head on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic!
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