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4 Rules You Can't Ignore for Better Quality Sleep

All of us have different sleep needs. Some of us need closer to nine hours of quality sleep, while others of us do the best with seven hours. However, all people get the best quality sleep possible when they follow these top four rules.

No Caffeine after 2 P.M.

It is best for all individuals to call it quits on caffeine by two in the afternoon. This is because caffeine can live in your system for up to 10 hours after you consume it. This means you should really put a stop to all coffee, soda, aspirin, and tea after lunch. Even those who can fall asleep easily after drinking a cup of coffee are still risking the quality of sleep they receive. They would have had better quality of sleep if they said no to caffeine all together.

Stop Alcohol Consumption Three Hours before Bed

Alcohol can make you feel tired, but it also prevents your body from going into a deeper, restorative stage of sleep. Most people will need an hour to digest an alcoholic beverage. So while a glass of wine may relax you for the night, it is best not to make it your go-to for a good night’s sleep.

Stop Hitting Snooze

Many of us are guilty for pushing the snooze button on our alarm in the morning. While your body may be begging for those extra few minutes of sleep, they can actually hurt your sleep quality. Hitting the snooze button sends your body the wrong message and can make you groggier and less efficient throughout the day. Instead, try using an alarm clock that gradually wakes you up or setting your alarm clock across the room.

Exercise Helps You Sleep Best

A little bit of exercise each day can help get your blood flowing and help you improve your sleep quality. Even if you are new to exercise, just taking a 20 minute brisk walk daily will help. If you are into regular exercise, another important tip to keep in mind is not to do a hard workout too close to your bedtime either.

You already know that sleep is an important part of your day and productivity; now stick with these four non-negotiable rules to ensure that you get the best sleep tonight. Still having a hard time falling asleep? The Joint offers wellness adjustments that benefit your overall health – including your sleep. Chiropractic care may help you sleep better at night because many times sleep issues stem from a misalignment in the spine. The Joint’s adjustments can help your spine be as healthy as possible and may improve your sleeping conditions.

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