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Tips for Better Sleep

By Sara Butler

There are a host of things that can interfere with your ability to get some quality sleep at night. Still, you have to try to recognize these factors to overcome them because you need sleep for your health! Here are some tips to help you get a better night’s rest.

Get the Right Amount

Do you know how much sleep you should be getting each night? It’s not the five you’ve been scraping by on for the last year – you need a solid seven to nine hours every night.

Quality is not the Same as Quantity

Even if you’re getting the recommended amount of sleep, if it’s not high quality, then you can still feel lethargic the next day. Not getting enough quality rest at night can impact your memory, attention, and concentration. You may be slower during the day and even be more prone to illness. So strive for quality!

Don’t Count on the Weekend to Catch Up

If you’re sleep deprived all week long and then sleep for 12 hours on Saturday, you’re not making up for lost sleep. That’s because by the time Monday rolls around you’ll still feel tired. Strive to sleep about the same amount of time every night, regardless of the day of the week.

Avoid Naps

Sleeping during the day can have a negative impact on your sleep at night. Many people sneak in little naps during the day and then complain of difficulty falling asleep at bedtime. Unless you’re really sleep deprived, a nap isn’t going to help as much as it hurts your overall sleep health.

Don’t Exercise Before Bed

Life can be hectic but exercising anytime within three hours of bedtime is a recipe for sleep disaster. That’s because exercise increases hormones in your body that will increase body temperature, which disturbs your ability to fall asleep.

Don’t Eat Large Meals Before Bed

You should avoid eating large meals in the three to four hours before bed. This is a practice that can also increase your core body temperature and lead to sleep issues. Don’t go to bed on a full stomach!

These tips can help you sleep better and once you're sleeping better, better health and wellness will be right behind! So make sure you're doing all you can to ensure you're getting enough quality sleep at night to support a healthy body and mind!

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Wichita, Kans.

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