With the holidays just around the corner, ‘tis the season for shopping, decorating, baking, and late-night parties. The reality is that these festive add-ons to your daily routine often take priority over getting a good night’s sleep. Why not give yourself the gift of sleep this holiday season?
Sleeping well will help you to feel refreshed and give you the energy you need to complete your “To Do” list. Here are some tips to help you sleep your best during this exciting but hectic season:
Keep stress to a minimum – Try to do your shopping and decorating in advance to avoid any last-minute stressors. De-stress by going for a winter walk, having a soothing cup of herbal tea, or watching your favourite holiday film.
Stick to a sleep schedule – While we can’t avoid the occasional late-night party at this time year, try your best to go to bed and wake up at a similar time each day. This will help keep your body on a normal sleep rhythm.
Avoid Overeating – Everyone is entitled to the odd indulgence (especially at this time of year), however overeating contributes to sleep disruption. If you’ll be having a large meal, try to do so several hours before bedtime to limit the impact on your sleep.
Easy on the alcohol and caffeine – Both alcohol and caffeine have a negative impact on sleep. While alcohol may help you fall asleep, it often results in sleep interruption. Caffeine, on the hand, will prevent you from falling asleep. It’s best to skip the after-dinner espresso and limit alcohol consumption.
Don’t be afraid to take a midday nap – Better nap then never. If you find you simply can’t get enough shut-eye at nighttime, consider taking quick afternoon naps. They’ll help you feel more refreshed and enable you to carry on your busy day.
The gift of sleep is one that you deserve, and best of all – it’s free!