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Sleep is one of the big three keys to health.

Nothing improves recovery and energy level more than a great night’s sleep.

Pressures and conveniences put extreme stress on our ability to sleep.

Here are a few tips to immediately improve your sleep:

  1. Sleep in a completely dark room. Use black out curtains, cover or remove all LED lights, block the light under your door. Our bodies were built to sleep during low levels of light. This is an interesting article by Robb Wolf on the topic of artificial light.
  2. Sleep at least 8 hours a night. This will be hard at first. If 8 is not possible then at least 7 hours with weekend catch-up. Every week I have patients who come to the clinic with low energy levels. Not sleeping enough is one of the biggest reasons.
  3. Find a mattress that works for you. I personally need a harder mattress to support my back. You spend 1/3 of your life in bed. Make this purchase a priority.
  4. Limit your activities in bed. Condition your mind and body that your bed is for specific activities. If your mind is used to reading in bed, then sleep might be more difficult.
  5. Keep a not pad next to your bed. People will often have difficultly falling asleep, because their minds are racing with the schedule of the next day. Write down your good ideas and thoroughly review your daily schedule. This will help put your mind at ease and relieve some anxiety.
  6. Limit stimulants in the afternoon and evening. Pretty self explanatory
  7. Some people have difficulty sleeping after a hard workout. Others (like myself) sleep easily right after. You will need to find out what works best for you.

 

If, after attempting some of these tips, you still have issues with sleep. Then you might needs some specific help. Make an appointment and we can figure out how to help you.

 

Dr. Henriksen