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Want a Good Morning? Get Your Sleep!

By Donna Stark

There certainly is a lot of talk about how important morning routines are to our overall health and wellness ... how we should wake up at the same time each day, how we should exercise (or at the very least, stretch) if we can, and how we should make ourselves a nutritious breakfast before running out the door, all for the sake of having a productive and healthy day ahead. These little tidbits of advice are definitely worth following, but is there more you can do to ensure successful days? Well, you will be glad I asked because the answer is yes!

Ending Your Day as You Begin It

If you have trouble winding down from the day, the most critical aspect of your health could be interrupted ... your sleep! And we all know how sluggish a day can be and how easy it is to make unhealthy decisions when we are sleep deprived, right? So if you want to keep those successful and healthy days coming your way, you may want to take a look at the following suggestions on how to end your nights on the same positive note that you begin your days.

Step Away From Your Devices

If you want to fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer, it's a good idea to step away from your electronic devices. Your phone, tablet, or TV can actually lead to interrupted and poor sleep. The suggestion that most experts recommend is to turn off or power down your devices at least an hour before bed and replace them with a good book, a hot bath, or any other form of relaxation that works for you.

Practice Gratitude

Sometimes, when your world comes crashing down during the day, it's hard to shake the stress and anxiety by nighttime, isn't it? And that's when a paper and pen can become your lifeline. Before you get ready for bed, unload all of that negativity by writing it down, and then after you do that, do the opposite by writing down some things you are grateful for. Practicing gratitude can help you release what is on your mind and allow you to fall asleep with a clear head.

Prepare Your Environment

You should create the best environment you can for optimal sleep, and sometimes that means you may need to make some changes to your room. It helps if your room is dark, cool, and quiet, so take the proper steps needed to make that happen. Things that can help with this are blackout shades, temperature settings, fans, and white noise machines.  

Good Mornings and Good Nights!

Your bedtime routine is just as important as your morning one, so take the time to figure out what works best for you and stick to it! It's the only way to ensure that your morning routine will go as planned and that you will have a productive, healthy, and successful day ahead of you!

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

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