Holidays and Sleep

November 01, 2019

Holidays and Sleep

Now that Halloween has passed, I think it is safe to say that the holiday season is officially upon us. First Thanksgiving, followed by either Christmas, Chanukah, or Kwanza - maybe you celebrate all three. Before you know it, we’ll be in 2020. It seems that just yesterday we were ringing in 2019, doesn’t it? Buying the perfect presents, cooking festive feasts, and entertaining company can be straining. Though holidays should be joyous, for many the holiday season is not much more than a stress inducer. When we are stressed, we may not sleep as well as we would like to. Are there any tips to help us to get better sleep when the holidays are here?

Here are five tips to help you sleep better during what Andy Williams would sing is “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”:

  • TIP 1: Try not to stress - The first thing you need to remember is that, though we do have control over many things in life, there are other items which we have little or no control over. Richard Carlson, Ph.D., taught us “DON’T SWEAT THE SMAL STUFF...and it’s all small stuff”. There is no better time than the holidays to heed this advice.
  • TIP 2: Create a game plan - Though your plans may change (and that’s okay!) if you have a plan of action to follow, this can help you to stay on track and can also help you to stress less.
  • TIP 3: Take time for yourself - You may be concentrating on all of the things that you need to do for others, that you may end up forgetting what you need to do for yourself. Make sure you take time each day to do something solely for you. This could be just one minute, or it could be one hour, but the time you spend on yourself will be time well-spent.
  • Tip 4: Cherish the moments - Focus on the good things that happen over the holidays. Seeing your cousins that you haven’t seen in years. Watching the excitement on your 4-year-old nephew’s face as he opens his brand new toys. Sitting at the dinner table and rehashing fun old memories with family. You’ll be creating new memories that will last for years, so remember to take them in and enjoy them.
  • Tip 5: Maintain your normal schedule - Though the holidays can be hectic, do your best to stick to your normal routine, especially when it comes to sleep. This includes going to bed and waking up at the same times every day, not eating too close to bedtime - basically all of the items that I have covered in past Somniloquy articles, such as Tips to Sleep Better.

Go slip on your pajamas, curl up in your bed, and get ready to rest. Then by following these tips, hopefully, you can have happy holidays and a nifty New Year.

Do you sleep well during the holiday season?
Do you have any tips you can share on how to get better holiday rest?
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