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Big Sleep Problems May Only Need Small Fixes

By Tom Herrin

Problems with sleep are nothing new.  They are common among people of all ages.  While many of them can be blamed on jobs, poor personal choices, and a variety of other situations, they remain something that can affect health, school, job performance, and a mixed bag of other things.  They are also not limited to working adults but may affect the elderly as well as the very young, such as school-age children.  Regardless of age and cause, their effects can be real and something that may disrupt life in general.  

Kids Can Be The Long-Term Losers

When children lack sufficient amounts of sleep, it can show in their school performance.  Tired kids may exhibit a list of indicators.  Sleep can improve focus of attention.  Anyone familiar with learning difficulties in school has heard terms associated with a lack of attention.  It has been identified as a pretty serious condition interfering with success in a classroom.  It is possible that if children were able to get enough sleep, they would have improved focus.  The general consensus is that children need nine or ten hours of sleep each day to function at their best.  Sleep can also improve creativity and  mental abilities for tasks like math.  Better sleep can enhance physical performance also.

Adults Need Their Share

The adult world is really no different than that of kids.  Adults need sleep to do well in just about any designated tasks.  When they get enough sleep, they will have fewer accidents at home, on the road, or in the workplace.  It can also reduce stress and lower the incidents or depression.  It has been found that when people get adequate sleep, they are better able to maintain a healthy weight.  Sleep may help the memory to be improved as well.

Ways To Improve Sleep

There is certainly no magic formula for sleep, but there are several little things that can help.  Your best strategy is likely to do some trial and error, eliminating one thing at a time to determine just what works best.  One of the prime factors for many is caffeine.  It is notorious for its ability to keep people awake.  Reducing or limiting your intake may be a good place to start.  You may try to avoid eating too much or too late.  Exercising too close to time to go to bed can be a problem.  Check your lighting and sound may help along with room temperature, room arrangement, and bedding.  It may well be that those small changes will provide better sleep.

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

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