Simple Steps to Better Sleep
Do you struggle with getting a good night’s sleep? You’re not alone. According to the American Chiropractic Association, surveys have shown that between 40 and 60 percent of the general population has trouble sleeping. Daily stress and worries, pressures from job and family, body aches and pains caused by uncomfortable beds or pillows, and a host of other issues can keep a person from getting enough quality sleep.
Getting enough sleep is absolutely critical for good health. While sleeping pills can work as a short term fix, it doesn’t solve the problem in the long term. Here are some helpful tips from the ACA to help you get better sleep, naturally:
Simple Steps For Better Sleep
Go to bed at the same time each night and get up at the same time each morning. The routine will help your body know when it is time to rest.
If you have trouble sleeping and then get thirsty, drink tap water at room temperature (cold water may disturb the digestive system).
Exercise regularly. Exercising in the morning is best, but if you must exercise in the evening, do so at least two or three hours before bedtime. Any later, and your increased heart rate can interfere with your sleep.
Limit your intake of caffeinated beverages such as coffee, colas and tea—try to avoid them altogether late in the day and near bedtime. In addition, for each cup of caffeinated beverages you drink each day, drink an equal amount of water.
Eat an early dinner. Eating after 6 p.m. may interfere with sleep as your body works to digest the food you’ve eaten.
Keep your bedroom at a cool, comfortable temperature and try to make it as dark as possible when you’re ready for bed.