Posted on 04 May 2017 by Matt Freeman
Tags: Exercise, Health, Sleep

Top tips for a better nights sleep

Do you want to benefit even more from your chiropractic care? Increase the speed of your recovery, feel more energetic and be healthier?

Your chiropractic helps you function better via the spine to the nervous system, and there are a number of things you can do to support this care and improve its effectiveness for maximum benefit.

One of these is sleep. High quality sleep strengthens your immune system, balances hormones, boosts your metabolism - so helps you lose weight! increases physical energy and improves memory. With all these essential benefits, you will only have the health you want if you get the right amount of sleep.

Sleep comfort is essential for quality and this is one areas that chiropractic helps, by reducing your pain and easing your movement you are less likely to wake. There are a number of other tips to help you improve your sleep further:

• Create habits to improve your sleep, have a regular bedtime and wake time, even on your days off. Create a routine that you do before bed, so that you start to get ready for sleep before you lie down. Consistent sleep habits improve quality of sleep over time.

• Make your bedroom a place for sleep, remove all other distractions, TV, Phones and tablets, know that when you go into that room at night it is for sleep. Create a space that is dark and quiet, we also sleep better in cooler conditions but if your feet get cold wear a pair of socks as cold feet can keep you awake.

• Stop using all phones, tablets and TVs at least an hour before bed. These devices emit blue light convincing your brain it is daytime. Human animals evolved sleep/wake cycles called the circadian rhythm, these matched light and dark of day and night, as it gets dark an important sleep hormone melatonin is released, our devices stop this happening.

• Exercise early in the day and get out into nature and sunlight. These all help with creating and supporting the natural rhythms of your body and mind.

If you find your mind whirling at bedtime put a notepad next to your bed and scribble the thoughts down, this way you take them out of your head and can review them in the morning, allowing you to relax and sleep. If you have constant stream of thoughts then having a daily meditation practice can help calm this, which ultimately will help with your sleep.

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