It’s 3 AM and you’re having trouble sleeping…again!
And you’re not alone. In fact, the National Sleep Foundation recently did a poll that estimated 48% of people have occasional insomnia, while 22% have it almost every night! That’s pretty significant considering the detrimental effects that a lack of sleep can have on your health. You name it, heart disease, obesity, high blood pressure, and even diabetes to name a few. If you’re having trouble sleeping, here are a few ideas to start enjoying some much needed REM (not R.E.M.)
Unplug Already! (not your Alarm Clock)
Calling this the “Digital Age” is an understatement. We’re digital junkies, addicted to our electronics. Our devices may all be going the wireless route, but we’re definitely hardwired to them. Ever count the number of times you look at your cell phone every day? Look around. Look at everyone. What are they doing? Likely, checking their phones. I’m a tech geek myself and I’ll admit, I’m one of the worst offenders. I know, screens are everywhere filling our minds with information and activity. That’s fine, but if you want to sleep better, consider “unplugging” a few hours before bed and give your brain a mini staycation.
Put the coffee down!
Speaking of addictions, let’s talk caffeine. Yay! From coffee to soda to cold medicines. It’s in everything so if you’re not sleeping, look at what you’re putting in your body. If you have to have the Starbucks Trenta, consider having it before 5PM to allow enough time for the “full effect” to wear off.
Nothing compliments a night on the couch watching TV quite like a bowl of ice cream, or chips, or whatever. You know what I’m talking about. It might seem like a great idea at the time, but kicking your metabolism into full gear right before bed is a sure way to pull an overnighter. Like caffeine, try eating dinner earlier in the evening and then put a lock on the pantry (and lose the key).
Yes it’s true. A misalignment of the upper cervical spine can also interrupt the sleep center in the brain. One of the most reported “side-effects” of getting adjusted is that people are finally able to sleep through the night without constantly waking.
Although this is not a comprehensive list, it’s a great start . For more ideas, see the attached chart.