Putting Sleep Deprivation to Bed
By Donna Stark
We all have those random days when we are running on fumes because we didn't sleep well the night before. But if those days turn into weeks, and those weeks turn into months, you're definitely looking at a serious problem. It doesn't matter if your lack of sleep stems from stress, an unhealthy lifestyle, or your endless appetite for technology ... you need to find a solution. You may even need to make some immediate changes with doing so. But, where do you start? Well, you can start with your doctor to find out if any underlying conditions are keeping you from getting your sleep, and after that, you can take a serious look at your lifestyle and environment.
Getting Your Sleep
Sleep deprivation steals your productivity, your health, and your quality of life, but in addition to that, it also makes you a very cranky person to be around (and nobody wants that). So why is it happening? Here are three ways your sleep may be ineffective.
- You aren't sleeping enough hours each night
- Your sleep is interrupted
- You aren't sleeping regularly
If you fit into one of those categories above, it's time to figure out what is going on! Take a look at the following suggestions on how you can improve your sleep with some very simple lifestyle changes.
- Aim for the correct number of hours - Count the recommended number of hours and work back from the time your alarm is set to figure out when you need to go to bed each night. Then stick to that schedule, even during the weekends!
- Prime your environment - Your surroundings play an important role in how well you sleep. Keep your room dark by controlling the amount of light coming in, protect yourself from sudden noises by using a white-noise machine or a fan, and maintain a cool temperature by setting the thermostat between 60 and 68 degrees.
- Check your mattress - If it has been over seven years since you bought your mattress, you may want to consider getting a new one. Take your time with this and head to the stores to try different styles out. Spend at least 10 minutes lying on each selection so that you can get an accurate feel and take advantage of the "try me for free" offers.
- Lose the bad habits - Those last few hours before you go to sleep are crucial for letting your body and mind relax, so give your nighttime routine an overhaul if it is needed. Skip the caffeine and alcohol, avoid eating anything heavy, exercise earlier in the day, turn off your devices, and disengage from the pressures and stress of life by doing something that provides ultimate relaxation.
Wake up Rested!
Hopefully, the suggestions above will help, but if you are still having difficulty getting your sleep, you can always come in to The Joint Chiropractic! Just do something about it today so you can start getting the rest your body deserves tonight!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Eagan, Minn.