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Poor Sleep? Here's Why and What You Can Do About It

By Genevieve Cunningham

If you want to get more sleep, you’re in good company. Most adults report getting too little sleep on a regular basis. They report feeling rundown, being unable to concentrate, and suffering from other side effects that generally come about from a lack of sleep. But why are we so exhausted as a society? And more importantly, how can we get more sleep in order to improve our health? Take a look at these common causes of poor sleep, followed by some tips for improvement.

Why Can’t You Sleep?

The truth is that the reason you can’t sleep may be difficult to pinpoint. There are so many things that get in the way of quality sleep, and each person will likely be affected by each of these stimuli a bit differently. Some of the more common reasons for a lack of sleep include:

  • A Lack of Activity - When your body and brain aren’t stimulated enough throughout the day, it can make it difficult to sleep at night. This may be anyone who sits all day, and especially those who are in front of a screen of some sort for hours on end.

  • Excessive Stress - Those who are too stressed may find themselves tossing and turning at night. They simply can’t relax enough to fall asleep or get the rest they need.

  • Discomfort - Sometimes the discomfort is obvious, and other times the discomfort is so mild or so chronic that we can’t even pinpoint it. But a body that isn’t comfortable can’t relax, fall asleep, or stay there if they ever manage to get some shut-eye.

What Can You Do About It?

In order to truly beat insomnia, you need to find the cause as much as possible. Some possible solutions might include:

  • Get Some Exercise - This should be done in the early afternoon or before in order to tire you out without keeping you up at night.

  • Learn Some Stress Management - If stress is keeping you up, learning to manage that stress might help you fall asleep. This might include some breathing techniques, a particular exercise routine, or even learning to say NO when necessary.

  • Get Chiropractic Care - This seems to work for those who are in discomfort as well as for many who are unsure of the source of their insomnia. Chiropractors can enhance the health of the spine by eliminating joint restriction. And one of the side effects of joint restriction? You guessed it … insomnia! Your body will be more comfortable, which can lead to better sleep, and it may also lead to proper function, which can help you beat insomnia once and for all.

How Do You Incorporate Change?

If you’re trying to add exercise, just check out your local gym or hit the local track. If you want to manage stress, talk to a therapist or take an online stress management class. If you want to get chiropractic care to help with insomnia, check out The Joint Chiropractic. With walk-in visits and affordable pricing, getting care is easy and stress-free. Beating insomnia is tough, but with some healthy lifestyle changes, it can be done. Get moving, get rid of that stress, and get to The Joint today for better health and sleep tonight.

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

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