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A Natural Approach to Insomnia

By Genevieve Smith

Sleep is a natural part of life, and yet it can be a hard thing to come by. If you’ve suffered sleepless nights, or even experienced the effects of long-term insomnia, you know the impact it can have on your daily routine. But there are tricks, tried and true, that various former insomniacs themselves have shared on how to come upon a once-illusive better night’s sleep. 

Follow the Sun

While we live in an electrically-powered world and don’t need to depend on the movements of the sun, forging our own way through light and darkness can lead to disrupted sleep patterns. Get a sleeping cycle back in rhythm by winding down your day's activities after sun sets and keeping bedroom blinds open to create awareness of when the sun rises. There’s something to be said for being a night owl, and embrace it if it works for you -- but if the easy glow of tech is disrupting your life and keeping you awake at all hours, shut it off and tune into the sun.

Calm Down, Calm Down and Get A Hold of Yourself

That’s a reference for all my Airplane lovers out there. Back to business; it truly does have an effect on one's ability to sleep when a lot of pressure is placed on the value of sleeping. Many people suffer from anxiety-induced insomnia and spend part of their time fighting the very thoughts which are keeping them awake. Worries of wrecking a dire need for sleep only keep one awake longer, and fuel anxious thoughts. While sleep is important, take it easy on yourself; if you lose a few hours to a running mind, know that it will be all right and you’ll still get through tomorrow. While this may seem like a counterintuitive thought process to acheiving more shut-eye, relieve the pressure to create a more inviting mindset for sleep.

Eat A Healthy Balance of Magnesium

Magnesium aids in processing melatonin, a hormone responsible for a restful night’s sleep. An essential mineral, magnesium also helps muscles relax, ensuring you’re not tossing and turning through the night. Check this list of magnesium-rich food sources to check for healthy levels in your diet. Moderation is key, so don't overdo it, but if you notice many of these ingredients missing from your meals, work them in and see what they do for your sleeping needs.  

Insomnia affects up to 35 percent of the population. These approaches tackle sleep needs head on; see what progress they bring for you. Whether following the pursuit of natural circadian rhythms, reducing sleep anxiety or investigating a nutritional deficiency, there are medication-free approaches available. May you enjoy the process of investigation, and find a better night’s sleep on the other side.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Apex, N.C.

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