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Doing the Right Things for Quality Sleep

By Donna Stark

You know that doing the right things in the morning will help you get out of the house faster, and that doing the right things during the day will help you get your work done, so why don't you do more of the right things before you go to bed? Achieving quality sleep is critical for your overall health and wellness, so take a look at the following suggestions on how to establish healthy bedtime habits. They could make all the difference in the world.

Enjoy a Relaxing Hobby

It's time to wind down, so choose a relaxing hobby you can engage in during the hour before you go to bed. This could mean sitting down with your favorite book, pulling out your knitting supplies, or challenging yourself with a puzzle. The key idea here is to relax and calm your body, so avoid doing anything that makes you more alert. Save your high-intensity workout for a different time.

Focus on the Positive

Even if your day was filled with stress, deadlines, and worry, it's important to leave as much of that behind when you hit the hay. Instead of bringing those negative thoughts and emotions into bed, try to focus on the positive and practice some deep-breathing exercises if you have to. Eliminating the negative will help your body relax and fall asleep quicker.

Turn Technology Off

One of the best things you can do to ensure quality sleep is to turn all your electronic devices off at least an hour before bed. It can be difficult to know what emotions you will be exposed to, so stop scrolling, leave the work emails for the morning, and save your favorite shows for the weekend. Turning your devices off will also reduce your exposure to blue light.

Stop Eating and Drinking

Consuming food and beverages too close to your bedtime can easily disrupt your sleep, especially if they are filled with sugar or caffeine. Do your body a favor and put as much time as you can between your snacking and your sleeping. You may be surprised by how much your sleep improves.

Doing the Right Things

Just like everything else during your day, you have to continue doing the right things at bedtime too! Give yourself plenty of time to wind down, relax, and move on from the day you just had. It's the best way to ensure quality sleep and a lifetime of amazing rest!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sunset Hills, Mo.

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