You know you should get more sleep, but that seems especially difficult around the holidays. Shopping, baking, decorating, parties, and visits with family and friends can cut into your rest time. And when you finally make it to bed, any stress you’re feeling can make it hard to fall asleep.
During the holiday season, it’s especially important to get quality sleep so you can enjoy your time with friends and family. If you don’t get enough rest, you’ll feel grumpy and out of sorts. Furthermore, sleep deprivation can have a negative impact on your physical and mental health.
Research shows how important sleep is to your health and well-being. A lack of sleep interferes with your productivity, mood, and concentration. Chronic sleeplessness can also lead to a variety of health problems.
Poor sleep generally is a result of bad habits and a lack of a routine. The good news is those habits can be corrected. We are sharing some great sleep hacks so you can get a good night’s sleep, even during the holiday season.
Stick to a schedule.
We know that this can be easier said than done during the busy holidays, but it’s not impossible. Wake and go to bed on a consistent schedule, even on weekends. Going to bed later and/or sleeping in on the weekends can leave you feeling jet lagged on Monday morning. Stick with your routine as much as possible.
Set a bedtime alarm.
Alarms are usually used for waking up in the morning, but try setting alarm to remind you to get ready for bed. Hearing the alarm will allow you to wrap up whatever you are doing and begin winding down for sleep.
Not only is a warm bath relaxing, it also mimics what happens naturally to our bodies when we get drowsy. Add relaxing bubbles to your bath; grab your Deluxe Bamboo Bath Caddy, and a book to help you wind down. The Bamboo Bath Caddy is expandable to fit most tubs and places your accessories within easy reach. There is a place for your phone, soap, a book support and a glass holder for stemware.
Studies show that regular exercise helps us sleep better and be more alert during the day. Get your workout in but make it earlier in the day. A vigorous workout within 2 hours of bedtime can leave you feeling too wired to sleep. Keep exercises before bed light, such as yoga or Tai Chi.
Cold feet make it hard to fall asleep. Slip on a cotton pair to keep your feet warm.
Eat dinner earlier.
Refrain from eating a heavy meal at least 2 hours prior to bedtime. Your body will be digesting dinner to prepare for sleep. Spicy and heavy meals could also cause reflux, which would also keep you awake.
Alcohol may help you drift off initially, but after your body metabolizes it, you are more likely to wake up throughout the night. Keep your toasts and nightcaps to one or two and try not to drink within three hours of bedtime to prevent disrupting your REM sleep. Be sure to sip sparkling or still water in between drinks to prevent you from becoming dehydrated.
Keep the bedroom dark.
Darkness is nature’s natural sleep cue, telling your body to start secreting the hormone melatonin. Light can mess up your body’s cues, leaving you feeling alert and wide awake.
With some planning and understanding, you can still get the quality sleep you need to thoroughly enjoy the holiday season. To continue reading more sleeping hacks Click Here.