Mr. Sandman, Bring Me a Dream… Please

Sleep. It’s something that is on everyone’s mind this week. The spring forward time change throws allsleeping sensibilities out of order and makes even the most well caffeinated of people crave a nap. And though we often joke that a good night’s rest isn’t an option with hectic schedules, it is no less crucial to our health. Sleep gives our bodies time to recover from the stresses of daily life and our minds a chance to recharge. But even if we had all the time in the world, some individuals just have a difficult time shutting their mind off and having a good rest. Here, at Chiropractic Center of Kennesaw, we know the importance of adequate sleep, so we have compiled a list of tips to help you next time your head hits the pillow.

  • Routine – Find a ritual that suits you before bed and stick with it. This will let your body know that it is time to start calming down and prepare for sleep. Try to go to bed and wake up around the same time every night to help promote this even more.
  • Food – Be careful not to eat too close or long before bedtime, and pay attention to what you are eating. Some foods and beverages can keep you from falling into a deep sleep. Steer clear of things like caffeine, sugar or alcohol right before bed.
  • Create a Comfortable Atmosphere – After all, your bedroom is meant for relaxation and sleep. Set your thermostat to a cool temperature, use white noise, make sure it is dark or whatever is going to promote the best sleep for you.
  • Limit Naps – Even though it might seem enticing, taking naps during the day can disrupt your sleep at night.
  • Exercise – This one is huge for a lot of people. Many people work in offices, or in jobs where physical activity is not part of the daily routine. And though your mind may be tired, your body might feel underworked. Exercising helps to get out that remaining energy that might still be lingering.
  • Manage Stress Levels – Worrying can ruin a good night’s rest for even the most efficient of sleepers. People deal with stress in different ways, so find what works for you.

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