Excitement over the Holiday season may be keeping you up at night, but there could be other reasons why you’re not getting enough shut-eye.
Alcohol can be a major reason why your sleep suffers, so be sure to limit yourself at Holiday parties.
Aches and pains can also contribute, so take extra precautions when you’re shoveling all that snow. Caffeine may provide a morning pick-me-up, but too much can lead to sleepless nights.
Finally, stress and anxiety over Holiday travel and gift-giving can also disrupt sleep and lead to tossing and turning.
Sleep is important because it renews energy, boosts the immune system and repairs damage to your body. It also promotes growth, enhances memory and slows down the aging process.
Now there is a lot you can do to get the sleep you need. Unwind before bed with a cup of herbal tea or take a few minutes to collect your thoughts and meditate. When you do finally hit the hay, make sure you don’t sleep beside your phone. The electromagnetic radiation it emits can disrupt your sleep patterns! Finally, try darkening your bedroom to cut out any unnecessary light, which can stimulate a chemical that keeps you awake.
Try some of these things, and you’ll be sure to have sugar plums dancing in your head at night.
By: Dr. Emily FitzGerald, ND
Dr. FitzGerald is accepting new patients, contact the clinic to book an appointment.