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How Are You Sleeping?

By Stephen R. Farris

Not getting enough sleep at night? Do you find yourself trying to fall asleep during the day? There could be a number of reasons behind it, including underlying medical conditions that you're unaware of, or it could simply be your schedule.

A couple of health conditions that are related to constant drowsiness or falling asleep often during daytime hours are sleep apnea and narcolepsy, either of which could lead to heart disease, stroke and possibly hypertension. Sleep studies can help find out if you are affected by either one.

Stress is another factor that can lead to problems falling asleep or staying awake. It may be due to problems at home or work, or other issues that cause our brains to continue to be active when we don't need it to be. Alcohol and certain medications, drugs, could be the culprit that robs us of sleep or makes us stay awake. 

There are several ways you can combat lack of sleep or staying awake during the day.

  • Keep a regular sleep routine
  • Don't nap
  • Turn off electronic devices at bedtime
  • Avoid caffeine
  • Exercise regularly
  • Cool down your bedroom and make it a quiet spot

The most at-risk groups of people that may suffer from sleeping disorders are those folks living alone, smokers, not getting at least eight hours of sleep, frequent nappers, and individuals lacking from engaging in physical activities, and/or may have been diagnosed with depression and anxiety.

People diagnosed with chronic illnesses, such as pain, diabetes and mental disorders may very well fall into the sleep problem category.

If you find yourself falling asleep during the day, it may be time to sit down and see what may be causing it. You can also visit with your local chiropractor, such as the ones found at The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, no appointment is necessary at their nearly 500 nationwide locations. 

The Joint chiropractors are expertly trained in the field of chiropractic care and can help with your overall health. After an initial examination, they can diagnose your condition and suggest treatment options that are available. Diet and exercise can also affect sleep, or lack of. The Joint chiropractors are well-versed in those areas as well, and can offer tips to help put you on the track to a healthier, more active lifestyle.

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

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