How To Improve Your Sleep Over Christmas
Christmas is the one time of the year where the sleep routine of just about everyone goes off the rails.
We all tend to go to bed quite a bit later than usual over the festive period. That along with all the preparations can cause havoc with our sleep patterns. If you’re not getting as much rest as you need and you’re starting to feel the effects, try following these simple tips from The Sleep Council to help yourself to get a better night’s sleep:
- Try as much as possible to keep regular hours – we know it can be hard when you’re staying up late for Santa!
- Create a restful sleeping environment – neither too hot, nor too cold; and as quiet and dark as possible. Keep the Christmas decorations to the other parts of your home.
- Make sure your bed is comfortable. It should also be as big as possible so your partner rarely disturbs you. Perhaps a new bed should be on your Christmas present list?!
- Take more exercise. Regular, moderate exercise can help relieve the day’s stresses and strains. But not too close to bedtime or it may keep you awake. A good brisk walk is ideal to stop you feeling sluggish after a hefty Christmas dinner!
- Don’t end up compensating for lack of sleep by going too heavy on caffeine – especially in the evening. They interfere with falling asleep and prevent deep sleep. Have a hot milky drink or herbal tea instead.
- Don’t over-indulge on turkey, mince pies and mulled wine! Too much food or alcohol, especially late at night, can play havoc with sleep patterns. Alcohol may help you fall asleep initially, but will interrupt your sleep later on in the night. It is hard in the party period but try to swap to water a couple of hours before bedtime.
- Keep some ear plugs handy to block out the sound of your partner’s alcohol or feast-induced snoring.
- Try to relax and insist on some ‘me time’ before going to bed. Have a warm bath, listen to some quiet music, do some yoga – all help to relax both the mind and body.
- If you can’t sleep, don’t lie there worrying about it. Get up and do something you find relaxing until you feel sleepy again – then go back to bed.
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