If you’re at your best in the evenings, you probably feel as if the whole world is against you. Almost everything in life is set up to benefit those who subscribe to the theory of “early to bed and early to rise.” Living a life without sunlight doesn’t just leave you prone to health risks, it makes accomplishing routine tasks frustrating or downright impossible. If the time has come for you to rethink your sleep schedule, the following tips may help you in the transition from night owl to early bird.
- Be clear about your goals. Why do you want to get up earlier? Do you want to have time to eat a healthier breakfast? Do you want to avoid the daily rush that you go through every day on your way to the office? Be clear about why you want to get up early and you’ll find it easier to meet your eventual goal.
- Tell others that you want to get up earlier. Share your decision with your spouse, roommate or children. Sharing your goals makes you more accountable and less likely to slip up. It also opens you up for support from those who care about you. Ask them to help you meet your goals in a loving way.
- Try some melatonin. This herbal sleep remedy is incredibly helpful to those who are off their sleep cycle. Start off with a small dose—around one milligram about six hours before bed for a few days. If you don’t find yourself responding well, increase the dose gradually, with permission from your primary care physician.
- Take a technology break before bed. It’s difficult for your mind to get your mind ready for sleep when it’s being regularly bombarded with information. Schedule a tech bedtime of at least one hour prior to getting between the sheets to help your mind transition from being awake to going to sleep.
- Get plenty of sunlight. Getting plenty of sunlight during the first hour or two after you wake can help your body make the change to an earlier start in the day. This trick can be accomplished during the short winter days by purchasing a light designed for this purpose or by taking a short walk before heading off to work.
- Call in the professionals. If you’re constantly tired during the day, you may want to consider talking to a professional to find out if an underlying medical problem could be causing your sleepiness. Obstructive sleep apnea, depression or even airborne allergies can all keep you from getting the rest you need.
Your chiropractic team can help you get the sleep you deserve. Contact them today for hands-on assistance that will leave you feeling relaxed and pain-free.
Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician for all your health related advice.
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