21 Dec 5 tips for giving yourself the gift of good sleep this Christmas
As Christmas is just around the corner, you’re probably finalising your plans to spend quality time with your friends and family over the next few weeks. There’s also a lot of other things to think about, like buying those last-minute gifts, attending the office party, and making sure Christmas dinner is prepared, to name a few. The festive period really can be a busy time!
And, with so much on your plate, it’s more important to make sure you’re getting a good quality of sleep over the next couple of weeks. To help you out, we’ve put together a few Christmas sleep tips that will help you to get the balance right.
Drink and be merry (in moderation)
Christmas is usually the time of year when the alcohol flows a little more freely, so it’s perfectly understandable if you want to partake. Whether it’s a few glasses of wine over dinner or you open up that whisky gift that was under the tree, there’s plenty of opportunities for a festive tipple.
But, as we explained in a past blog post, alcohol can be a major sleep disruptor that affects your body in a number of ways through the night. This means that it’s best to drink in moderation and to make sure you always stay hydrated through the day. You should also try to avoid drinking too close to bedtime so your body has enough time to process the alcohol.
Try to eat as you usually would
With turkey dinners, mince pies, and plenty of chocolate on the menu, there’s plenty of tasty treats to tuck into at Christmas. But, just like having a drink, it’s easy to find yourself overindulging when it comes to food over the festive period.
Eating too much food, especially in the evening, is a sure-fire way to disrupt your night’s sleep. Most festive foods are very rich in proteins and fat, and many portions over the holidays are a little on the larger side, so there’s a real chance your full stomach could cause you some discomfort as you’re trying to drift off.
But, this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy some of the festive dishes on offer, as long as you enjoy them in moderation. Just try to eat the same portions as you usually would on a normal day and try not to find yourself snacking on leftovers or sweet treats in the hours leading up to bed. Do this, and you should be able to enjoy your food without losing any sleep.
Deal with your seasonal stress
Though it’s generally a happy time of year, Christmas can also be a source of stress, especially if you’ve got a house full of friends and family to take care of. Other pressures, such as money worries or fatigue from busyness, can also take their toll. Unfortunately, feeling stressed can be another sleep disruptor, so it’s important that you know how to deal with it at night.
One effective way at dealing with your Christmas stress is to sit down and make a list of all the things that are bothering you, then keep adding to it if something else vexes you. Often, seeing the issues on paper is enough to make them seem slightly more manageable.
If you’re being kept awake by stress, try to get up and change locations so that you’re away from your bed. Then, get on with an activity that will clear your mind without fuelling your stress. This can be something as simple as washing the dishes or cleaning up around the house, but you might be surprised at how easily your brain resets and you start feeling tired again.
Manage the kids’ sleep patterns
Christmas is probably the most exciting time of the year for children so, if you’re a parent, you’re probably well aware that your kids tend to get hyped up for Santa arriving. And, when they’re awake all night, chances are you will be too, so it’s worth sitting down and thinking about how you’re going to manage their sleep patterns.
The most straightforward way of curbing your kids’ excitement is to make sure you stick to their regular bedtime routine in the run up to Christmas so they don’t feel like anything is really different and they’re getting the same signals as usual that sleep is coming. Take a look at last year’s blog post to find out more ways to placate the kids on Christmas Eve.
Save some time for yourself
Even though you might have a house full of guests or presents to shop for, it’s still vital that you find time for yourself. Whether you like to chill out and watch your favourite TV show, go for a run, or just play some video games, you should aim to enjoy your pastimes over Christmas. This is because doing something you love is one of the best ways to unwind and stay relaxed which will, in turn, benefit your sleep.
This applies double to any activities you like to do before bed, as these form an essential part of your winding down routine. So, if you like to take a bath, read, or get some yoga done in the evening, be sure to keep these up.
Follow our five festive tips and you’ll be able to get a healthy level of sleep over the Christmas period. If you’d like to know more, you can find sleeping tips on our blog, as well as guides on our knowledge hub. And, from the team here at Dormeo, we’d like to wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!