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Three Ways to Sleep Better Every Night

By Sandy Schroeder

As the holidays spin ahead, most of us lose more and more sleep and fight exhaustion as we head for the New Year. If you can relate, there are some simple strategies that help.

Researchers tell us we need 7 to 9 hours of sleep to stay healthy. They say channels in the brain open up during sleep to clear away waste. We can make good use of those channels by putting chiropractic, the right foods, and natural sleep aids to work for us.

Start With Chiropractic

Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you and find out why so many people are turning to chiropractic for better health. Their licensed chiropractors help people of all ages sleep better on a regular basis.

When you come in you will find out how a healthy spine helps to create better overall health.

Gentle targeted spinal adjustments ease aches and pain and create a sense of well-being that often includes better sleep, more energy and a clearer mental focus.

Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments keep the benefits coming as you learn to eat better and use simple sleep aids to rest well.

Watch What You Eat says our food choices can help the body sleep better. As the day moves forward, pick foods that provide natural relaxation.

Choose turkey, lentils and hummus - These are all good choices to get sleep-inducing tryptophan. The body turns tryptophan into melatonin and serotonin to make us sleepy.

Add bananas to your cart - They provide potassium, magnesium and tryptophan to serve as natural muscle relaxants.

Buy cherries - Serve them for breakfast or bake cherry tarts to add more melatonin to your diet to rest well.

Serve potatoes, carrots, corn, honey and Jasmine rice - Serve dinner, about four hours before bedtime. Use them as side dishes in soups and casseroles to encourage sleep. 

Count on calcium too - Put together natural calcium snacks such as whole grain cereals with milk, cheese and crackers or peanut butter sandwiches.

Create the Perfect Refuge

As you pick the right foods for sleep, make your bedroom a sublime retreat.

  • Remove extra furniture
  • Add blackout drapes to control the light
  • Use air filters to screen out noise
  • Upgrade your mattress and pillows
  • Create simple sleep rituals with soft music, simple stretches and warm baths
  • Shut down all electronics at least two hours before bedtime
  • Work on financial, health or other family worries to ease your mind

Whatever you choose from this list of natural sleep aids should help you sleep better. Keep track of the ones that work best and stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic to learn more about affordable personal healthcare plans that eliminate the hassle of insurance. Clinics are open weekends and evenings and walk-ins are welcome.

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

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