5 Tips for Better Sleep!

 

“Where’s the coffee?” 
 
Is that the first thing you think in the morning?  You’re no different than 50-70 million Americans. 
 
According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) over 9 million Americans take prescription drugs to sleep at night, and another 40-plus million take over the counter sleeping aids.
 
Astonishing!  If that many Americans are sleeping poorly, what are they missing? 
 
Innately, we know sleep is critical to our daily function.  We also realize that a good night’s sleep allows us to function and perform better.  So what’s really going on while we’re catching those zzzzz’s?
 
Two major processes are at work while we’re asleep: restoration and immunity.
 
While we’re sleeping our body is able to direct more energy and efforts to mending, repairing, and growing the systems and tissues that need attention. 
 
When we’re in our deepest part of sleep, our body releases Human Growth Hormone (HGH).  HGH is the critical hormone for the repair and restoration of your body.   If you’re not getting deep sleep, the amount of HGH released is limited, and so is your healing.
 
The second major system at work while you’re sleeping is your immune system.  Every night, your immune system is ACTIVE!  It scours your body looking for any signs of infection, bacteria, virus, disease, or cancer.  When it finds those foreign bodies, it takes action!  Ever notice when you’re fighting a cold, the times you feel the most crummy is before you go to bed or when you wake in the morning?  It’s because your immune system is ramping up to full operation. 
 
So how do you ensure you’re getting 7-9 hours of quality sleep?  

Here are 5 tips:
 
1) Don’t eat late at night as this can disrupt your digestive processes and sleep cycle.
2) Limit the alcohol you consume.  Although it may help you fall asleep, the sugar created when it breaks down increases your activity level, interrupting your sleep.
3) Turn off electronic devices (iPad, phones, TV, etc) 30 minutes before going to bed.
4) Meditate before going to bed to reduce the mental stress and brain activity.
5) Seek chiropractic care to calm internal interference and irritation.
 
This last one may seem foreign to some, yet I can’t tell you how many people tell me “I can’t believe how much better I’m sleeping!”  After just a few weeks of care, they’re boosting their quality of sleep! 
 
Side effects of better sleep: more productive at work, improved immune system, faster healing, better response to stress, and more clarity and mental focus.  Who wouldn’t want that?!
 
So before you reach for your next cup of coffee, implement these natural strategies to enhance your quality of sleep and get the benefits you deserve from those night-time zzzz’s.