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How to Get Good Sleep

Sleep PictureThe benefits of getting the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep go beyond simply not being tired the next day. Restful sleep supports the immune system, helps to reduce stress and anxiety, and can decrease the risk of heart disease. Start by setting a bedtime and try these tips to increase your quality of sleep:

• Get Adjusted!
• Exercise–a quick walk around the block is an easy addition to any evening routine but try not to exercise before bed which can keep you up later.
• Get the proper nutrition–caffeine and alcohol decrease your quality of sleep if taken in the afternoon. Calcium and magnesium help induce sleep and allow for the body to heal itself.
• Reduce your blue light exposure (don’t use electronics before bedtime).
• Use the right pillow and mattress. Find something that is comfortable and is not going to contribute to neck or back pain.
• Your mattress is for sleeping only. Yes, you WILL need to make the commute from your bedroom to your home office. Watching TV and working in bed often lead to difficulty sleeping.
• Finding the right sleep position will help ensure a good night’s sleep and prevent pain in the morning.

Sleep plays a key role in your well-being. It should be a top priority every day. Implement these tips into your daily routine and speak with your chiropractor to allow for optimal function in your body! Getting adjusted can also help with sleep by decreasing pain and taking pressure off your nervous system.

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