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Trouble Sleeping, Then Talk With Your Chiropractor

By Stephen R. Farris

Those long days are catching up with us. We're stressed from working too many hours, taking on extra work, then dealing with traffic commutes and running errands. It's no wonder we have problems trying to get to sleep at night.

Other factors may include certain health conditions that are causing you not to sleep at night, or it could be the type of mattress you're sleeping on. So when you need a good night's rest, but seem unable to do so, then try using some of these ideas to see if they work for you.

Room Temperature

The temperature in your bedroom could play a factor as to whether or not you get a good night's sleep. Research suggests turning down the temperature in your bedroom, since your body actually cools down when you are laying down, then warms up as the night goes on and when you wake up. You might try taking a warm/hot shower before bedtime to see if that may help.

Day and Night

Back to your internal body clock, it's important that your body experiences a bit of daylight and night. Your body is sensitive to both and when one becomes more dominant over the other, it can cause your body clock to be thrown off. So during the day, expose yourself to light, and at bedtime, darkness. You might even try putting up darker curtains over your windows to keep light from emitting into your room at night.

No Day Naps

Research has shown that taking a nap during the day can lead to an unrestful night's sleep. Basically, it can throw off your internal clock, cause tossing and turning, and lead to not being as alert the next morning. There is a way to tell if naps are affecting your sleep habits, and that's by eliminating them. If you skip a nap and end up sleeping a full night, then that could be what was causing it. If you feel you need a nap in the afternoon, then avoid long ones and try a quick, power nap of no longer than 30 minutes.

When it comes to questions about ways to get a better night's sleep, you can always talk with your local chiropractor to find out some of the tips and suggestions they can offer to help you get better rest.

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

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