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Tips for a Better Night of Sleep

By Stephen R. Farris

With the mercury beginning to rise a little more each day, you might find it hard to get comfortable inside your home. One minute you're running the air conditioner, and the next, it's back to heat to keep warm.

This back and forth dance between hot and cold can also lead to disruptions in your normal sleep pattern. You might find yourself kicking the covers off, then jolting up later to pull them back on.

Face it. If you live in the southwestern states it becomes a no-win situation. However, there are a few tricks you can do to try to even out the score, so to speak, and get a good night of sleep.

Time to Move

Now that spring is getting nearer, it's time to start getting your body in motion. Take a walk, run, join an aerobic exercise group. Studies show that people who do some form of aerobic exercise a few times per week sleep better at night.

It's Cool

While you might struggle with the idea of sleeping with the air conditioner on or off, research shows that keeping your room dark and cool actually improves sleep quality. Plus there's nothing more enjoyable than snuggling up with your favorite comforter at night.

Rule the Bed

Kicking your spouse or partner out of the bed to get better rest may not always be the best idea for your relationship. However, if you remember the old television show "I Love Lucy," Lucy and Ricky slept in separate beds and seemed to sleep well. Again, research suggests that having your own sleep space can improve the quantity and quality of your sleep. For the sake of your relationship, talk it over with your sweetheart first.

Check Your Diet

You'd be surprised at the amount of foods and drinks that contain caffeine. Consuming either one at a late hour can cause you to stay awake later than usual, causing a disruption in your sleep pattern. So avoid caffeine as much as possible in the evening hours.

Did you know that by visiting your local chiropractor and getting regular treatments can also help give you a better night of sleep? It's true. Pay them a visit to find out tips and suggestions they can offer, plus if you're experiencing aches and pains in your back, neck and joints, they can help with those too.

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

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