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3 Reason You Are Struggling to Get Enough Sleep

By Virginia Laird

Do you have trouble getting enough rest? If so, you are not alone. Millions of Americans report having sleep issues at some point throughout the year. Like many, for myself, when I get four solid hours I feel like I have accomplished something great. However, sleep professionals recommend the average adult should get a minimum of at least six hours of sleep each night. Some require much more than this to properly function. Chiropractors advise there are plenty of things which can get in the way of sleep. If you are struggling to get enough sleep on a routine basis, you may need to consider this:

  • Stress is no friend of sleep
  • The mattress needs to be replaced
  • Routine visits to the chiropractor can improve sleep

Stress is No Friend of Sleep

For those who struggle with stress, whether it be from work, home, or something completely different, you already know it can affect the amount of sleep you are able to get. Stress never has been and never will be a friend of sleep. The big question is: Is it possible to get relief from stress? And, if so, how? Research suggests there are a few things which can be done to decrease the effects of stress. Some include:

  • Exercise – Routine exercise can help burn energy and tension in the body which can often be caused by stress
  • Yoga – Although it is considered exercise, it is helpful to reduce stress because of its meditation and mind-clearing ability.
  • Your chiropractor - Your chiropractor can help release tension in the back, which can cause stress and pain. 

The Mattress Needs to be Replaced

Many who struggle to get a good night of rest are sleeping on a mattress that is simply too old. Sleep professionals recommend any mattress older than eight years should be replaced. The “sags in all the right spots” is actually the mattress breaking down from usage over time. While it can be hard to believe that your beloved mattress needs to go, this simple action can improve your sleep overnight.

Routine Visits to the Chiropractor can Improve Sleep

Research suggests that routine visits to the chiropractor can improve your sleep. As the body releases tension and the function is restored to the spine, your body can more easily rest, allowing you to get plenty of sleep.

Now you have the information you need to begin improving your sleep tonight. Sweet Dreams!

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

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