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Nights Don't Have to be Sleepless

By Tom Herrin

A lot of people deal with problems that relate to their overall health and well-being.  Weight, exercise, and eating habits all can create challenges for many.  For some, sleeplessness or poor sleep can do pretty large amounts of damage to their health.  While most people know that sleep is important, they may fail to grasp just how significant the role of sleep is in promoting healthy everyday body functions.  It seems that an increasing number of people try to get by on less sleep as they attempt to cram as many things as possible into a daily schedule.  The results can be damaging to health.  

Sleep May be a Cure for a Few Things

It may not have magic properties, but there are times when sleep can seem like it fixes more than a few problems.  Everyone is aware that quality sleep can make people more alert and responsive.  It can also help them manage their weight more effectively.  Many people who suffer from depression can find some relief from that with adequate sleep.  The ability to make decisions is usually better when people are rested.  There is no question stress is lowered with sleep.  Physical performance is normally impaired from a lack of sleep.

There Are a Variety of Reasons for Sleep Problems

Many times, the hectic schedules people keep can create stress and cause sleep difficulties.  The variety of modern items, such as electronic devices, may contribute to problems.  For some people, lighting can keep them awake.  For others, noise levels can be a problem.  Eating too much, or too late, can prevent rest for some.  I enjoy riding a bicycle or walking at night, but I have to be careful; even though it can be relaxing, doing so too late can cause sleeplessness.

Personalize Your Sleep Plan

Much like so many other things, the solution for sleep problems is not a one-size-fits-all.  The best way to improve your sleep is to identify one thing at a time and try something.  A more set schedule for going to bed can help some.  You may enjoy reading or listening to music to relax.  You may need to tune out things such as computers, televisions, or other electronic devices.  You may also want to take a look at your bed, pillow, room temperature, or some other tangible environmental factor.  Whatever you choose, if you work at it, you will surely find some success.  Build on that to improve your overall health.

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


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