Sleep

This week, you may have noticed I focused on sleep. As said and supported by the previous articles, sleep is an important part of life and should be treated as such. Humans need sleep to function correctly on a daily basis. Unfortunately, for some of us sleep is rather elusive. Here are some things you can do if you can’t seem to get to sleep.
1. Make Your Room Cool. I do mean this in the temperature sense of the word. Having your bedroom a few degrees cooler than the rest of your home may help you fall asleep. Even using a fan can help to lull you into a good sleep. Having a room around sixty five degrees Fahrenheit is optimal for preparing your body for sleep.
2. Turn Off Electronics. While it may be tempting to keep the television in your bedroom on or scroll through Facebook before you go to sleep, this actually may be what’s keeping you up at night. The blue light that is emitted from electronics, especially handheld ones, may be disrupting your circadian rhythm which is what helps you sleep on a regular schedule. While there are some apps that can filter blue light, it’s a much better idea to put them down so your mind can have a rest after looking at computer screens all day.
3. Utilize White Noise. White noise is something that helps many people get to sleep and stay asleep. This is true especially if you are a light sleeper. By blocking out background noise with a consistent tone, you may be able to focus on that and slip into the dream world easier than you do otherwise.
4. Use Natural Supplements. While you should always ask your doctor before trying anything new, if you are having trouble sleeping and don’t want to use pills to do so, natural supplements may be the way to go. Many locations that provide over the counter medication will have things like melatonin or valerian which can help you sleep. These are natural and have been shown to help most people get a good night’s rest.
Another thing that you can try is coming into Wirth Chiropractic. Getting a spinal adjustment may help you sleep better by releasing the pressure in your joints that may be keeping you awake at night. Come in and see what we can do for your sleep schedule!