There is no better feeling than waking up in the morning feeling well-rested, energized, and ready to take on the day to come. For some, good sleep comes naturally. A lot of adults, however, have difficulty falling—and staying—asleep at night. Why is that? What are some easy ways to ensure you get a good night’s sleep every night?
There are two different types of sleep: REM sleep and non-REM sleep. REM sleep refers to “rapid eye movement” sleep. This is the stage of sleep that occurs about an hour and a half after you fall asleep. Most dreaming takes place in REM-sleep, though you may not remember most dreams.
The amount of sleep needed per night varies by age. It’s recommended that adults get 7-9 hours of sleep each night. Babies can sleep upwards of 18 hours a day, while teenagers need about 9-10 hours of sleep, and older adults can function off less than 7 hours of sleep.
For those who struggle getting the good night’s sleep they need, here are some easy tips…
Stick to a schedule! (Yes, that means on the weekends, too)
Create a relaxing night-time ritual
Only use your bed for sleeping
Make sure your room is dark, quiet, and cool
Keep a sleep diary if you find yourself having difficulties falling/staying asleep
Avoid naps during the afternoon if you have trouble falling asleep
Avoid eating right before bed
Avoid using technology and bright lights before bedtime
Don’t just lie awake in bed; go into another room and do something relaxing until you’re tired
Make sure that you’re sleeping on a comfortable mattress and are using supportive pillows. You should never have to bunch up a pillow to get the right amount of support! Tempur-Pedic pillows are great in supporting your head and neck while you sleep. The S-curve design of the Tempur-Neck pillow allows the neck to remain in a neutral position while you sleep and is made to fit your shoulder dimensions.
Dr. Eric is a distributor of these great, supportive pillows! To get yours today please visit Pragle Chiropractic and Massage Therapy at www.praglechiro.com or call 850-508-5951.
Posted by Natalie Burdick