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4 Ways to Improve Your Sleep Tonight

By Virginia Laird

With the excitement of the holiday season and the new year, it is easy to get caught up in the lengthy list of must-dos. This time of year I find myself shopping, wrapping gifts, and baking far later in the evenings than I like to admit. When I finally have enough accomplished to hit the pillow, it can be difficult to get enough good rest. Chiropractors have suggested several things you can do to improve your sleep, including:

  • Inspect your mattress
  • Stretch before hitting the pillow
  • Go to bed when you are tired
  • Chiropractors can help identify sleep positions

Inspect Your Mattress

One of the most common reasons for finding it difficult to sleep is an uncomfortable mattress. Many try to get the most out of their mattress and assume that it can last indefinitely. This is not the case. Recently, chiropractors and sleep experts have recommended that mattresses older than eight years should be replaced. Another reason to consider replacing yours is if the mattress has too many sags. While you may think a mattress with sagging spots is a "broken in" mattress, chiropractors would suggest this is a broken one.

Stretch Before Hitting the Pillow

Another tip chiropractors suggest to patients is to lightly stretch out before going to bed. This simple technique allows you to release any stress and tension which may have built up in the body during the day. These stretches do not require a yoga mat. Simple stretches include back rolls, bending to touch your toes, and shoulder shrugs; all can help relax the body.

Go to Bed When You are Tired

Although it can prove to be complicated, going to bed when you are tired is a great way to ensure you can fall to sleep. Chiropractors suggest there is a small window of time when the body is tired to go to bed. After this time, the body can get a second wind and may be more difficult to get to sleep.

Chiropractors Can Help Identify Sleep Positions

Were you aware that sleep positions play a huge role in how well you are able to rest? Chiropractors suggest the best sleep position is on the back, and the worst possible position is on the stomach. If you struggle with your sleep position, chiropractors can help guide you in making subtle changes which can help promote better sleep.

If you are ready to start improving your sleep, stop by The Joint Chiropractic today. With no appointment necessary, you can drop by at your earliest convenience and get your personalized healthcare plan started.

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

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