Many of us don’t consider sleep as being something very important. We know that we should aim for at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night but if we don’t achieve this number, we aren’t too worried. 

However, sleep is extremely important for your health. Failing to get adequate amounts of sleep in the long term can increase your risk of disease and accelerate the aging process. 

If you or somebody who struggles to get to sleep or you wake up regularly in the middle of the night, don’t worry. There are plenty of things that you can do to get a more restful sleep each night. We’ve rounded up some top tips that should help you when it comes to establishing a great sleep routine. 

Prioritize Sleep 

Achieving 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep every night should be your top priority, no matter what else is going on in your life. Even just a small deficit in your sleep quantity or quality can produce lots of information in the body, which leads to a range of health complications in the long term. 

Establish a Regular Night Routine

When life gets busy, it’s easy to let your sleep fall by the wayside. However, you must make sure you set aside some time every night to wind down and get yourself ready for sleep. 

Each night, try to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time. This will make it easier for your body to recognize when it is time to go to sleep. Ideally, you should aim to get to bed before 11 pm, as your melatonin (sleep hormone) is highest between 11 pm and 2 am. 

Exercise Regularly

We all know that exercise is essential for your physical and mental well-being but not many of us realize how important it is for sleep. 

Exercise can give you a boost of energy for the day ahead while also tiring your body out enough that you can easily get to sleep in the night time. 

Aches and Pains may be the reason for Bad Sleep

Every new patient is asked about how well they are sleeping. In many cases their sleep is disturbed and isn't as restful as it was because of aches and pains. Sleep is incredibly important for the recovery and healing process from our every day activity and stress. As a client's aches and pains are resolved, they notice a considerable improvement in the quality of their sleep.

If you or a friend or family member isn't sleeping well becuase of their aches and pains, we can help! Give us a call at 763-432-3932 or schedule a new patient exam by scheduling online.

Dr. Greg Beenken

Dr. Greg Beenken

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