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Sleep Tips for Night Owls: How to Get a Little Shut Eye

I am the sole early bird in a family full of night owls. Throughout my life, I have watched as the rest of my family enjoyed the late night hours. Going out? Party to attend? They could handle it while I would be out by 10 pm. When I was young, I thought this was a real negative in my life. As I have gotten older, however, I have seen the other side. Along with keeping late night hours, also comes some very sleepy mornings and plenty of nights with not enough sleep.

For my family, being a night owl isn’t a choice. They simply can’t fall asleep early. In my understanding, this is the case for many night owls. If this is you, but you seem to be suffering from the effects of a lack of sleep, check out these tips for turning those habits around and getting adequate sleep every night.

Force Yourself Up Early

The early morning is the enemy to most night owls, but if you want to get to bed at a decent hour, you have to get yourself up. Set an alarm and make yourself stick to it. Don’t reach for the snooze, and don’t crawl back into bed at any point after you have gotten up. At first, this will be really difficult. Whatever you do, though, don’t give up and don’t resort to a nap in the day. Before long, you will find getting up early is just a bit easier, and you will be more worn out by the day’s end.

Exercise - But Do It Early

A lot of night owls keep routines that are fairly late. If you want to improve your sleeping habits, you definitely need to have an exercise routine, but one that is too early can really have the opposite effect. Exercise can and will tire the body out and help you sleep. At first, however, it will produce endorphins and adrenaline, both of which help you feel happy and awake. If you want to get more sleep, exercise at least 3 hours before bedtime so that your body and mind have time to wind down.

Chiropractic Care

Many people turn to the chiropractor to help them get more sleep. What does a chiropractor do? In short, they may be able to put the body in a more relaxed state. Our bodies sometimes become misaligned, especially the vertebrae along the spine. When this happens, it can cause tension and discomfort in the body. A chiropractor can often align these again, eliminating that pain and tension, and enabling the body to feel balanced and restful. If you want to try this technique, make sure that you get care on a regular basis to get the most benefit.

Getting the proper amount of sleep can be tough for a night owl. Let regular chiropractic care help you get to bed on time and stay asleep for some quality rest. Try The Joint...the Chiropractic Place to help you get moving toward the best sleep. At The Joint, walk in appointments are accepted any time and an affordable pricing plan has been set so that you can avoid the hassle of insurance. A chiropractor at The Joint may be able to help you regain the health of your spine and sleep like a baby starting tonight.

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