Dr. Gaeta’s tips for getting restful and restorative sleep……..
- Consistency is key! Try to go to bed the same time each night and get up the same time each morning. Even on weekends.
- Limit daytime napping to less than 30 minutes.
- Stay well adjusted! Chiropractic adjustments reduce pain, increase muscle relaxation, and help provide a sense of calm that will enable you to rest more easily.
- Expose yourself to adequate sunlight during the day. This will help your brain maintain a normal sleep-wake cycle.
- No caffeine past 3pm. Earlier, if sensitive.
- Make sure that the bedroom is cool (60-67 degrees).
- Consider the use of blackout curtains, eye shades, and white noise machines to help manage the bedroom environment.
- Avoid exposure to bright light in the evening. Beware of the light emitted by your TV, smart phone, computer, etc. If this is not possible, purchase a pair of “blue blocker” glasses.
- The bed should only be used for sleep and sex
- Try to engage in mild exercise every day. Avoid strenuous activity before bed.
- Try to elicit the “relaxation response” after dinner. You can choose meditation, tai chi, yoga, autogenic training, or guided imagery.
- Eat light, easy to digest foods before bed. Indigestion can create a serious disruption in your attempt to get adequate rest.
- Avoid alcohol before bed. It may help you fall asleep, but it adversely affects sleep architecture.
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