With a lengthy to-do list, including shopping, entertaining, and a whirlwind of festivities, sleep sometimes gets shortchanged during this busy season. Here are a few ideas that might help ensure you get the sleep you need to stay refreshed and energized all season long!
Eat and Drink to Induce Sleep
If sleep is elusive during this busy season, a warm cup of chamomile tea before bed may help induce slumber. Likewise, eating tryptophan-rich turkey before bed might also help. Other natural sleep enhancers include warm milk, nuts, seeds, and bananas. These contain tryptophan and magnesium, which may also induce sleep.
Take a Natural Approach
While there are numerous over-the-counter sleep aids on the market, taking the natural approach is encouraged as supplements typically don’t have unwanted side effects. Magnesium, GABA and valerian root are often used to promote sleep.
Check Your Bedtime Rituals
Just as children are likely to have a bedtime routine; adults can also benefit from having a pre-bed routine. A warm bath about an hour to an hour and a half before bed is relaxing and may enhance sleep. Reading may also calm a busy brain and allow you to ease into a blissful state of sleepiness.
Avoiding all electronics, (TV watching, cell phone, computer or tablet use) is advisable as the stimulation from the artificial light can make it difficult to shut down.
Seek Chiropractic Care
We encourage you to visit us regularly during this festive season. Because chiropractic aims to reduce nerve interference, your body may function better, and your sleep may improve as a result.
When you experience regular, restorative sleep, you’ll have more energy to tackle the many to-dos of the season and enjoy the festivities in the process!
Don’t let the busy season keep you from making healthy choices.