With the holidays coming up in just a few days, we’re sure that you’re already in the middle of all of your preparations for the upcoming visits, trips, and parties that you’re about to have with family and friends. It can be nerve-racking and stressful, as there’s so much to do with so little time.
While it is typical to get specially busy around this time of the year, we feel that it is important to remind everyone to avoid sacrificing their sleep just to get everything done. Sure, there’s just so much to do that sleeping late and getting up early seems to be the most logical solution to all of your conundrums, but keep in mind that this can take a toll on your health as well.
Some may, however, argue that getting some quality sleep around these time of the year is near to impossible. Again, there’s just so many things to do, so many party to attend, and a lot of friends to see, so why sleep when you can be merry?
Well, for one, you will need to recharge after all the activities you’ve engaged in. With everything you need to do, you need as much energy that you can get and use to be able to rush around. With enough sleep, you can actually be more alert and efficient, allowing you to work smart while working hard. Aside from this, you really wouldn’t want to start the new year with a massive sleep debt, would you?
You might be wondering, though, how are you going to get some quality sleep over the holidays? To help you out, here are some of our tips:
1. Keep your sleeping schedule.
If you have a regular bedtime, it’s very likely that you also have a regular wake-up time as well. However, with all of the holiday preparations you may be doing right now, you might opt to push your bedtime a few hours later to accommodate more tasks and some evening parties. While this works out every time, if you want to sleep better for the holidays, you can at least try to make up for it when you don’t really have to stay up late. If there’s no need to finish something immediately, you should stick to your regular bedtime and try to fall asleep on the usual hour you doze off on regular days.
Waking up at the same time is also essential. This keeps your Circadian rhythm healthy and can even help you get better sleep despite your hectic schedule. By getting up at your regular schedule, you’re also more likely to sleep at the same bedtime, allowing your body to stick to its recognized and established schedule.
2. Relegate some tasks to others.
One of the things that causes sleepless holidays is that you simply have too much to do. If you think you have too much on your plate, why not elect some loved ones to assist you? Get your eldest child or your sister to run some easy errands like answering calls and following up on people. Relieving yourself from some of the time consuming but menial tasks will surely free up some of your time and let you sleep better at night.
3. Avoid late night tasks.
For the holidays, learn how to know how much task is enough for the day so you can have some time for yourself to sit back and relax. If you don’t really need the task done by morning, put it off a day later and deal with it when you wake up.
4. Try not to get too stressed out.
Stress is the enemy of sleep. Try reducing your stress levels so you can doze off easier at night.
5. Try not to drink yourself to sleep.
You’re tired, you’re stressed, and there’s an open bar at the party you’re in. Why not make sure you’re sleeping soundly tonight by drinking a glass or two more of that wine you’re having? Well, for one, it may not exactly be the best solution to ensure a good night’s sleep for that evening. It may even be counter productive and hamper your ability to doze off that evening. Alcohol can work as sleep inhibitors in most cases, so they’re not exactly recommended if you want quality slumber.
6. Take naps.
If you really can’t get a full night’s sleep, at least take naps during the day to keep you alert and awake.
7. Give yourself a break.
You’ve accomplished a lot and you should reward yourself. Why not catch some shuteye as a way to treat and give yourself a break? Take some time during the holidays to just stop and enjoy the buzz and being with your family. You can surely afford to stop and bask in the holiday cheers for a moment this season, so make sure to do so.
8. Get comfortable.
Maybe it’s your comfort that’s keeping you from getting a good night’s sleep this holiday season. Keep your bed clean (put all those lists and pens away) so you won’t accidentally roll on something pointy and hurt yourself in the middle of the night. If you’re also visiting relatives and you’re sure you won’t be sleeping on a bed (due to the amount of relatives spending the night and the house being packed), squeezing in a portable mattress in the trunk of your car before you head out to their place can also be a great idea. This way, you can ensure that you’ll have a cozy surface to sleep in.
This holiday season, we wish you can give yourself the gift of sleep. Just give it a try and see for yourself how enjoyable your holidays can be with enough shuteye.