Most everyone looks forward to the year-end holidays and the excitement that it brings. Along with the festivities however, come the challenges of finding the time to do everything on your list. Between frantically shopping, preparing for the long awaited gatherings with family, attending the company party and squeezing in late night celebrations with friends, sleep deprivation during the holidays is something that many of us battle with.
Not only do the seasons events cause sleep routines to fall by the wayside, the elation of the holidays can rev up your kids energy and leave you longing for the normalcy of calm evenings and a good night’s sleep. Here are four ways to help you overcome interference with sleep during the holidays.
Eat Lighter Evening Meals
Most holiday celebrations commonly revolve around food. With easy access to home baked goodies, festive meals and those once a year treats, it is easy to overindulge. To promote a better night’s sleep, it is recommended that you stop eating or drinking at least two hours before bedtime. Nighttime is when the body is working to digest food thus having a full stomach when you go to bed will likely result in a night of tossing and turning with very little restful sleep.
Keep a Consistent Sleep Schedule
While you’ll most likely have a few nights that you stay out too late, resist the temptation to sleep in on the weekends in an effort to catch up on sleep. This well-intentioned act will generally result in the equivalent of unwelcomed jet lag. Whether you’re traveling, celebrating, entertaining guests or working overtime, the more you maintain a consistent sleep schedule, the better you will feel. By going to sleep and waking up the same time every day, your body’s natural circadian rhythm will be functioning correctly, which will help ensure better quality sleep.
Enjoy Afternoon Exercise
Exercise is a natural stress reliever and barring a strenuous cardio workout, will lead to better sleep. Find some time in the afternoon or at least three hours before bedtime to do an activity or exercise routine that you enjoy.
Take Time to Unwind
Regardless of how busy your schedule is your mind and body need time to decompress. Each evening before going to bed, take time to unwind and prepare yourself for sleep. Turn off electronics, put away the checklists and treat yourself to something you find rejuvenating. It may be a warm bath, reading a good book, listening to calming music or meditating. View it as a well-deserved gift to yourself!
By incorporating these tips into your holiday routine, you’ll avoid sleep deprivation and feel refreshed, as you make new memories with those dear to you.