Many of us look forward to Christmas, celebrating family travelling back home, re-arranging the home for their holiday stay. It is a very exciting time of the year, buying presents and preparing for the big day, however, it can interfere with getting a good night’s sleep.
Sleeping in a different unfamiliar room can affect how well we sleep. Having a different pillow or unfamiliar bed with a very hard mattress, may not be quiet what you are used to. Maybe you have to share a room with someone who snores, making you lie awake staring at the ceiling in frustration. In addition, there’s all the preparations leading up to Christmas day.
Yes, the holiday season can be quite stressful and frustrating when it comes to getting quality sleep. Adding to all this exhaustion, many people get up on Christmas morning to get an early start cooking the turkey or maybe woken by excited children opening their presents.
We are losing almost a day of sleep in the build up to Christmas and it ends up leaving us irritable and unable to really enjoy all the magical moments of Christmas day. According to Dreams.co.uk, 1 in 5 adults get less than 5 hours sleep on Christmas Eve and 1 in 3 adults wake up between 4am and 7am. It’s no wonder so many people end up falling asleep after their Christmas meal. Improving your sleep can leave you in better mood, less irritable and more organized on the big day.
Tips to help you get more rest and less stress at Christmas
- Be mindful about what you are eating and drinking over the festive period. Alcohol has a negative impact on sleep and eating too much, including sugary treats, will leave you feeling bloated, uncomfortable and giving you acid reflux.
- Avoid caffeine on Christmas Eve. It take 6-8 hours to metabolise 50% of the caffeine. If you have a cup of coffee at 4pm, you will still have half of the caffeine in your system at 10pm. Caffeine is a stimulant and will prevent you from falling asleep easily or staying asleep during the night.
- Organise as much as possible in advance. Make checklists for all the shopping and presents. Having a well-planned day will be a productive day. When you go to bed, you will be confident knowing everything is taken care of, allowing you to slip off into a deep slumber.
Christmas is probably by far the most exciting time of the year. Rest well in advance and make the most out your Christmas day!
Happy Christmas and sleep well.