Trouble sleeping is a serious issue for many people. It wasn’t all that long ago when a good night’s sleep was more often the rule rather than the exception. People were up with the sun, working outside some part or all of the day, and going to bed when the sun went down. Easy access to electricity and the advent of technology has made it possible to work well into the night and sitting at a desk with minimal exercise is much more common. However, these 'advances' are taking a toll on our sleep and ultimately our health.
If you struggle with falling to sleep, staying asleep or need to use a little ‘help’ with sleep, there can be many factors contributing to your lack of slumber. Here are a few key items that may help you:
1. Have a routine! To bed at the same time and up at the same time. Remember that sleep before midnight is much more beneficial to the body than sleep after midnight.
2. Exercise! Make sure to do this earlier in the day so you aren't too stimulated to sleep.
3. Turn off electronics (WiFi especially) before bed. Leave your cell phone at least 6 feet from you. EMFs affect the body's ability to rest and heal as it should when we sleep.
4. Turn off screens or use blue-blocking glasses or apps after dark. The blue light inhibits our body's ability to generate melatonin needed to fall asleep.
5. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, sugar and any foods you are sensitive to
later in the day. Blood sugar imbalances are a key reason for waking up after you have already gotten to sleep.
If you need further assistance with a sleep issue, don't hesitate to
schedule an appointment to see what may be at the root of it. We have a number of supplements that can help. Remember, the better you sleep, the better your health will be!