How to Survive the Sleep-Deprived Holiday Season
As Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza come and go and you begin counting down the days to the New Year, there is so much to be excited for during the holiday season. However, between the family gatherings, travel time and hours scouring the malls, it can seem like there isn’t any time left to take proper care of your needs until after the ball drops at midnight on New Year’s Eve. If your needs aren’t being prioritized, it’s likely your sleep is suffering as well.
If you’re feeling emotionally and physically run-down during the holiday season, you’re not alone. And while related sleep disturbances are usually temporary, you don’t have to meander through the holidays just wishing for some sound sleep; there are some things you can do to improve your sleep quality and quantity now.
Add Some “You” Time to Your To-Do List
It may seem like the list of things that need to be done before the holidays is endless. Pace yourself and try to simplify your to-do list. Take some time for yourself before bed so you can decompress and do more of the things that bring you joy during the holiday season. Turn off your TV and smartphone at least a half hour before bed. Work on calming your mind and body with some slow, deep breathing exercises to help you fall asleep naturally.
Stick to Your Sleep Schedule (as close as you can)
One of the main culprits that will rob you of sleep around the holidays is turning in for the night later than usual. Parties, get-togethers, and working on your holiday to-do list can keep you up much later than you’re used to. While there are bound to be a few late-night events that are hard to avoid, try to go to bed and wake up at your normal times. This will help keep your internal clock regulated so your body knows when it is time to sleep and when it is time to wake up.
Squeeze in Some Exercise
Even though free time during the holidays is scarce, it is important to make sure you take care of yourself to prevent your physical and mental health from declining. One of the easiest ways to do this is with exercise. A quick workout not only reduces your stress levels and helps you maintain your weight after one too many holiday treats, but it also helps improve your sleep quality and duration. Schedule your workout in the late afternoon, though to help onset sleepiness naturally once your body temperature decreases a few hours post-workout.
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When you aren’t getting adequate sleep, your mood, productivity and overall well-being can be greatly impacted. Instead of turning into the Grinch this holiday season because you aren’t getting enough quality sleep, give these tips a try to help safeguard your sleep so you can truly enjoy and savor your special season moments.
Have a happy & healthy holiday season and sweet dreams!