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Are You Getting Enough Zzzzzs?

If you find yourself tossing and turning each night, waking up at different times and feeling fatigued the next day, you could have a melatonin production problem. To produce sufficient melatonin, which is a hormone made by the pineal gland, you need to get an adequate amount of daylight to make the Vitamin D which can help you sleep better.

Banish the Blue Lights

Melatonin production shuts down when the body is exposed to blue light. There are three primary sources of blue light:

  • Cell phones
  • Computers
  • Televisions

To support shut-eye, it’s a good idea to refrain from using those three objects at least two hours before going to bed. Doing so will help to optimize melatonin production so you can get a better sleep.

Watch When You Eat

The other thing that affects your sleep is the timing of your meal which would affect when your blood sugar is going to spike. If you find yourself eating dinner late, even if you’re consuming a predominately fatty meal, your blood sugar will spike a little. If it spikes in the middle of the night you’ll wake up and not get a full night’s sleep. A good rule to follow is eat before 6 p.m.

Try These Slumber Secrets

Here are some other simple ways to improve your sleep:

  1. Stick to a schedule
  2. Stop consuming caffeine after 2 p.m.
  3. Relax through reading
  4. Keep your house cool
  5. Consider sleep-promoting scents like lavender

Chiropractic care also may help you sleep better by reducing muscle tension, easing aches and pains and promoting relaxation.

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