Prioritize a Consistent Sleep Schedule
Everyone knows sleep is important. However, establishing consistent sleep and wake times seems to be neglected. Ever heard the saying quality over quantity? It’s not just about how much sleep you get, and establishing a sleep schedule may improve the quality of your sleep while ensuring the right quantity.
This article on Medical News Today explains how the right sleep schedule varies by person. Pay attention to how you feel in the mornings and throughout the day. Do you feel groggy when you wake up? Do you crash later in the day? Chances are you may need to not only get more sleep, but possibly establish a schedule better suited to you. There is some evidence that suggests early bedtimes are better for people and that later bedtimes may increase depressive symptoms. In general, it’s best to go to sleep within a couple hours after sunset, and wake up within a couple hours of sunrise.
Sleep.org says; “Going to bed and waking up in sync with natural light cycles is important for maintaining a balanced circadian rhythm, and following a consistent sleep schedule can help optimize your sleep-wake homeostasis.“
So this weekend, maybe skip the last five episodes of whatever show you’re binging this week and go to sleep so that you can wake up while it’s still, you know, breakfast time. As Ted Mosby on How I Met Your Mother says…”nothing good happens after 2am”, except for our purposes we might want to scale that back to 10pm or so. You get the idea.
P.S. One of the biggest reasons people come to us chiropractors is car accidents. The CDC reports that individuals who snored or slept 6 hours or less per day were more likely to fall asleep while driving. So please, get your sleep.
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Not to mention…do you know what all our screens have in common? They typically cause all sorts of poor posture. Falling asleep on the couch (or just slouching for hours while we binge watching Grey’s Anatomy), text neck, poor ergonomics while slaving away at the laptop, you name it. Yet another reason you end up in our office with neck and back pain.
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Just like your spring cleaning, those tiny habits you need to work on are very individual. These are 6 out of HUNDREDS, maybe even thousands, of things you could start doing today to clean up the gunk in your wellness. Put some thought into the list that feels most right for YOU.
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