The holiday season is a busy one, but throughout the craziness, you should make sure you’re still getting your sleep!
Between rushing around to get those last-minute holiday gifts and making sure everything is ready to go for your holiday dinner, many people find the holiday season to be the most stressful time of the year. When people get stressed out, they tend to have a harder time falling asleep because their mind is continually racing, and they don’t give their body time to relax.
A lack of sleep can increase the chances of gaining weight during the holidays, according to The Cleveland Clinic. The extra alcohol, unhealthy foods, and tons of different desserts can lead to inadequate sleep. Keeping all of this in mind and making conscious choices can help to maintain both your sleep and health.
Create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom
You decorate the outside of your house, living room, etc. for the holidays, but why not also add some decorations to your bedroom? Something that could help to relax you in the evening is dim lighting. Add some holiday lights to your bedroom and once the sun goes down, turn them on. Every time you walk into your room, you’ll automatically feel a sense of calmness and relaxation.
Scented holiday candles or air fresheners such as Vanilla Bean Noel or Cinnamon Stick could also help to relax you depending on what scents you like. Light the candle or turn on the air freshener a few hours before you go to sleep. Let the smells and calming atmosphere relax you and get your body ready for a good night’s rest. Remember always to extinguish your candles and turn off those fresheners before turning in for the night.
Maintain your sleep schedule
Sleep.org says that you should make sure to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day as often as you can. Having a consistent sleep schedule will support your body’s sleep-wake cycle and can help you to get a night of better sleep. If you’re up late from the holiday festivities, try your best to wake up within an hour of your schedule. If you’re hopelessly tired the next day from waking up “on time”, take an afternoon nap to help you get through the day.
Even though the holiday time is hectic, it is essential to make sure you’re taking care of your health, and a big part of that is your sleep! Quality DME wishes you a happy and healthy holiday season!
Sleep tight and to all a Goodnight!
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