Top of the To-Do List: Sleep!

Many of us have ever-growing to-do lists. We’ve got to get the grocery shopping done, cook, entertain, get to school and work, take part in the regular festivities, and sometimes sleeps gets bumped to the bottom of the list. Here are a few suggestions to help you get the sleep you need to stay energized all season!

Eat and Drink to Help Promote Better Sleep

If sleep is escaping you during this busy time of year, sip on a cup of chamomile tea before you go to sleep to help induce slumber. Or, try eating tryptophan-rich foods like turkey to help you feel sleepy. Natural sleep enhancers include nuts, warm milk, bananas, and seeds. These foods also contain tryptophan and magnesium, which can help induce sleep.

Try Taking a Natural Approach

More and more over-the-counter sleep aids are popping up on the market, but you can receive the same benefits by taking a natural approach! Supplements are encouraged, as they usually don’t have the unwanted side effects of sleep aids. Add GABA, melatonin, magnesium, or valerian root to your diet, as they are used to promote sleep quite often.

Create a Bedtime Routine

Just like kids have some sort of relaxing bedtime routine, adults can benefit from having pre-bed rituals as well. An hour to an hour and a half before bed, try taking a warm bath with lavender oil to enhance sleep. Reading a relaxing book can also calm a busy mind and help you ease into a relaxed state of sleepiness.

Make sure you avoid using electronics before bed, including watching TV and using a computer, tablet, or cell phone. The artificial light stimulates your brain, making it harder to shut down for sleep.

Seek Chiropractic Care

We encourage you to visit us regularly. Because the goal of chiropractic is to reduce nerve interference, your body can experience a better functionability, and your sleep may improve as a result.

When you experience regular, restorative sleep, you’ll have more energy to take on your ever-growing to-do list!