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Not Sleeping Well? Here’s 5 Possible Culprits

Tired woman holding clock.

Are you one of the millions of people across the globe who dread going to bed each night knowing you’re in for a sleepless slumber full of tossing and turning? If that sounds familiar, it’s important to remember that you’re not alone—and more so—we’re here to help.

Here are a few different culprits of poor sleep and what you can do to help give your body the best chance for a solid night of rest.

1. You’re lacking a sleep routine. A sleep routine helps prepare your body for slumber each night. A good sleep routine includes going to bed at the same time every night and waking up at the same time each morning. You can also incorporate things like light stretching before bed, or reading a few pages of a book to help your brain wind down.

2. You’re getting too much screen time before bed. Most electronics emit blue light, which can throw off your circadian rhythm and make it difficult to fall asleep. Try to cut screen time at least one hour before bedtime. If that’s not possible, see if your device has a yellow-light setting that can be turned on in the evening hours.

3. Your mattress is due for an upgrade. As a general rule of thumb, a mattress typically lasts around six to eight years. If you find yourself waking up with aches and pains, an old mattress could be to blame. Other signs of needing a new mattress include squeaky springs, not feeling rested upon waking, and sinking into the middle of the mattress without proper support.

4. You’re drinking caffeine before bed. While sipping evening tea may sound relaxing, if it’s caffeinated you could be doing more harm than good to your sleep schedule. In fact, you shouldn’t consume caffeine within four hours of bedtime for optimal slumber.

5. Your nervous system is out of balance. Your nervous system helps regulate all of the other systems in your body. When it’s not in proper balance, problems like insomnia and disrupted sleep can happen among others. If you’re having trouble sleeping due to back pain or insomnia, give us a call to book an adjustment.