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Sleep Hacks You Need in Your Life

By Sara Butler

Chiropractic care is about more than just your spine, it’s about your overall health, too. A huge component of your overall health is sleep, and too many people don’t get enough quality rest every night to wake up feeling rejuvenated and renewed. If you’re one of these people, then here are some tips from your chiropractor to help you get better sleep – sleep that can change your entire outlook on life and lead you to greater health.

A Few Sleep Facts

So, how bad is it if you’re not getting enough sleep at night? First of all, if you have sleep issues, it’s something you should discuss with your chiropractor because it impacts your treatment. Not getting enough rest can make the healing process much slower if you’re trying to recover from an injury or another health issue.

Second, the quantity and quality of your sleep have a big impact on your risk for disease. According to the National Institutes of Health, your risk of breast cancer increases by 200 percent if you don’t get enough sleep. If you get less than 7 hours of sleep at night, then you’re increasing your risk of a heart attack by double. Sleep also influences your metabolism, so if you struggle with excess weight, then not getting enough sleep at night can make it more difficult to maintain a healthy weight.

Lastly, sleep has a big impact on your central nervous system. A good night’s sleep can double your mental problem-solving ability. In children, more sleep at night has been linked to higher test scores.

Some Sleep Hacks

Your goal should be to increase the quality of the sleep you get first, and then work on quantity. That means just being in bed for seven hours every night isn’t enough, you have to actually be sleeping! In order to improve the quality of your sleep you should try:

  • A sleep routine – Your kids probably have a sleep routine and you should too. A routine helps to let your body know it’s time to simmer down and start to rest. Make sure your bedtime is realistic and appropriate in order to afford you the most opportunity for sleep and try to go to bed and wake up at about the same time every day – including the weekends.
  • Make it dark – Your bedroom should be as dark as you can make it. This is due to the fact that your body is challenged to produce the sleep hormone melatonin by sources of light, including the blue light you are exposed to by electrical devices. Light can make it difficult for melatonin to be produced so use blackout shades, turn your alarm clock around or use a nightlight only in the bathroom to help your body rest.
  • Keep it cool – The ideal temperature for your bedroom is between 60 and 68 degrees. If you’re too hot or too cold you won’t be able to sleep very well, so keeping it in this range can help you to go to sleep and stay there. 

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