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How to Improve Your Sleep for Increased Energy

By Donna Stark 

Are you struggling with fatigue and low energy during your days? Are you getting the right amount of sleep every night? Well, if your nights consist of potato chips, the couch, and a TV remote in your hand it shouldn't come as a surprise why you feel like junk the next day. There are so many behaviors that impact the way we feel, but if there is one bad habit that affects us the most, it's a poor bedtime routine.

Getting Quality Sleep

Sleep is essential. And the better sleep you get, the better you function the next day. But how does one get good, quality sleep? What are the secrets to finding yourself in the land of dreams? The solution can be one of many, but for the most part, it relies on the environment you sleep in and your bedtime routine. Here are some easy-to-implement tips that may help you get the rest your body needs.

  • Keep your room cold - Yes, warm and cozy does sound like the perfect way to sleep but it's better if you get your warmth from blankets and not the temperature of your room! Keeping your room on the chillier side has been shown to help many people fall asleep faster because the cool air can trigger the go-to-sleep signals in the brain.
  • Use a noise machine - Whether you want to block out distracting noises or you want to break up the deafening silence, a noise machine could become your new best friend. Take the time to research which type of machine and what color noise will work the best for your unique circumstances (yes, there are different colors to choose from).
  • Turn technology off - No matter how tempted you are to continue watching your program or to check your social media accounts, it is vital you turn your electronic devices off at least an hour before bed. This is important because those devices emit blue light, and blue light can affect your body's natural circadian rhythm.
  • Stay out of the kitchen - The foods and beverages you consume can have a significant effect on how well you sleep at night, so it is wise to avoid alcohol and caffeinated beverages during the evening as well as heavy and greasy dinners. If you have to snack on something, opt for a lighter, healthier snack that will help you sleep, such as tart cherries, a banana with almond butter, or crackers and cheese.

Better Sleep, Better Days

Stop feeling like junk all the time. Try the suggestions above and see if they make a difference in how well you sleep each night. And if you need more ideas, head on in to see your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. In addition to reducing pain, they can also improve the quality of your sleep!

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

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