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Sweet Dreams

old-man-sleepingMany people require about 7 to 8 hours of sleep to feel refreshed.  Unfortunately, a fair number of individuals fail to get the necessary rest they need.  And, as people age, it can become increasingly more difficult to snooze through the night.

So what can be done to improve sleep patterns?  Here are some thoughts.

  1. Reduce Stress.  It seems reasonable to say that most people will experience some level of stress at some point in their lives.  However, there can be times when this “six-letter-word” becomes a constant companion.  Relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or proper breathing, can effectively decrease worry and help the body feel at ease.
  2. Chiropractic adjustments.  Chiropractic adjustments are beneficial in reducing physical distress and assisting the nervous system in maintaining a more peaceful state.  Circulation increases, which results in enhanced muscle relaxation.  Chiropractic adjustments might also help open the airways of sleep apnea patients and improve overall breathing.  NOTE:  If you suffer from sleep apnea or chronic insomnia, it is always best to discuss the problem with your doctor.
  3. Fan or Night Light.  Too much noise or light will undoubtedly keep many people awake, but sometimes a low drone or dim nightlight can actually help with sleep (this is often a personal preference).  So, if you have a ceiling fan or desktop variety, perhaps try running it at night; the sound might actually soothe you.  In addition, a muted lamp may be just the right amount of flicker to help you stay rested.
  4. Limit Liquids.  Water is essential to the body, but consuming too much before bedtime could keep you in the bathroom instead of bedroom.  Caffeinated drinks can be especially challenging to sleep because caffeine is a stimulant.  Therefore, it is best to limit caffeine, especially toward bedtime.  Moreover, drink copious amounts of water during the day (water is vital to the body), but begin to taper toward the evening.

Adequate slumber is something we all need.  Without the proper amount, unpleasant consequences can occur.  Promoting satisfactory rest is extremely important to our sense of well-being.  Happily, there are multiple ways to assist with this sometimes sleepless matter.

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