February 12, 2013

NBC 25: Sleep Tips for Reducing Stress

Saginaw Chiropractor Dr. Dan Kehres, seen on NBC 25. Article by Joel Feick, NBC 25

Need some beauty sleep? A Saginaw chiropractor says forget the beauty. Proper sleep helps with overall health. Dr. Dan Kehres, a regular contributor to NBC 25 Today, says there are ways to help you get better sleep. One is by taking melatonin, which you can find in a health food store. The other is to create a dark environment, blocking as much sunlight as possible that comes into your bedroom.

Dr. Kehres' website also says "in order to allow your body full recovery time during the sleep cycle, reduction of cortisol is essential. Stimulants such as caffeine, sugar and tobacco all increase cortisol. It has been shown that caffeine has a half life of six hours. So, if you drink a cup of coffee at 4 p.m. with 400 mg of caffeine you will still have 200 mg of caffeine in your system six hours later at 10 p.m. Due to caffeine’s long lasting effects, try to avoid it after lunch and in the evenings."

He also showed us a cool alarm that features a light that slowly wakes you up (see video above).

More on his website at www.drkehres.com 

Here's a video he made about sleep http://www.drkehres.com/2011/12/simple-sleep-tips.html

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