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Do Sleep Problems Give You Nightmares?

By Tom Herrin

People usually like to feel as if they can solve their problems themselves.  It doesn’t always happen that way.  Those tangible things are a little easier to grab hold of.  When it comes to sleep problems, it is a whole different story.  They can be caused by any number of things and often have no readily identifiable cause.  A closer look can shed more light on the issues involved as well as some possible things to consider when trying to make changes.

What Keeps You Going May Keep You Awake

Most people do what it takes to be at the best each day.  For many, that is trying to get a good start.  Coffee and tea are common drinks a lot of people use first thing.  Some continue to drink them all day long.  This may be followed by soft drinks or energy drinks.  Just about all of these contain caffeine which is widely known as a stimulant.  It can get people up and keep them up.  They often load up on so much caffeine that it stays in their system.  People may be unaware of how saturated they are and wonder why they can’t sleep.

Other Factors Are Less Obvious

There may be any number of things that add to sleep problems.  Eating too much or too late can disturb sleep.  Some foods can help people relax while others may be more difficult to digest and keep people up.  Exercising too close to bedtime can prevent people from unwinding to sleep.  Lights can be a real problem.  Those who work shifts deal with this on a regular basis.  Sound may keep people up or may be used to help them relax and tune out other noises.  Taking naps during the day can be just enough to keep some people awake later.

Play With Some Some Solutions

Your best bet is to try making changes one at a time to see what works.  Sometimes creating and keeping a regular schedule can help people to set their internal clock so they will be ready for sleep.  Take a look at your bedding, room arrangement, and room temperature.  Some of these smaller things may be all it takes.  After you have gone through the list, there is a good chance you will be able to sleep better and those nightmares can be behind you.

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


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