Post-Holiday Slump? Here’s How to Deal

With the fun few days you’ve experienced, it’s either you’re already reinvigorated to get back on track to your daily routine or you feel extra groggy after not sleeping a lot due to the hectic itinerary you accomplished while out of town. Either way, the post-holiday slump is real and your sluggishness proves it.

How do you get out of your slump and perform better? Here are two surefire ways to feel better today despite feeling so sleepy.

Take a nap.

On your lunch break today, take a quick power nap to energize yourself and get the alertness you need to get through the day. The after-lunch hours will be brutal if you’re already sluggish to begin with, so get ahead of the game and sleep some of your tiredness away. The National Sleep Foundation says that 20 minutes will already let you enjoy the benefits of napping, so gun for that. If you have more time, you can also try the 26-minute trick used by air traffic controllers, as suggested by a NASA-conducted study.

Just don’t go overboard as sleeping more will transition you to deeper levels of zzz’s and you’ll come out of it groggier and more tired. Stick to these nap durations and you can be sure to get out of your slump without a hitch.

Drink lots of water.

Being all groggy and sluggish will want you to reach out for a few cups of coffee or some sweets to help you jolt yourself awake. While this is a quick solution, it’s also not the best. It will only postpone your sluggishness and may even affect other effective techniques (like napping).

What you should do instead is to hydrate yourself by drinking loads of water. Fatigue is a symptom of dehydration, so by feeling tired and sluggish, your body could be telling you that you need more water. By rehydrating, you also get to energize your body without having to worry about crashing later on, which is common with sweets and coffee. This makes it a great way to stay awake and alert on your first day back at work after a tiring long weekend.

Get back to your regular sleep routine.

Lastly, getting back to your regular sleep routine is the best way to recover from your slump. Doing so will help you get back on track with your regular sleep schedule, letting you reacclimatize with your daily routines faster.

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The first few days back to your regular routine may be brutal, but since you had a great time, it might all be well worth it. If you don’t want to experience the same thing the next time you go on a holiday, you should plan ahead with these tips and stick to your regular sleep schedule even while you’re away.

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Why You Should Include Sleep to Your Holy Week Plans

The Holy Week is one of the most highly anticipated dates every summer as it gives most of us a few days off from work and school. Most families spend it together, whether at home for some quiet time or traveling to visit relatives or new sites. Whether you already have a packed itinerary or you’re still thinking of ways to spend the free time the holidays will bring, may we suggest that you squeeze in sleep in your plans?

While catching up on sleep on the holidays isn’t exactly something that will let you pay off your sleep debt, it can still be a great way to reset your body and get you started on sleeping better. Experts even say that sleep is the best thing that you can do on your vacation as it helps you relax better so you can doze off easily and without having to stress about getting ready to go and battling the commute the next morning, you can feel better rested by the moment you get up.

If you’re planning to do a spiritual take on this holiday, sleep is still a great thing to include in your plans. as the 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New International Version (NIV) says:

19 Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; 20 you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.

Sleep is a great way to take care of the body, so by doing yourself a favor and getting some zzz’s this holiday season, you might just be able to do something for your health and spirit.

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Gear Up for the Holidays by Getting More Sleep Now

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We all know that in the Philippines, the start of the “-ber” months signals the beginning of the Christmas season. This holiday has the longest duration in the country and all the Christmas songs that start playing even before the Halloween is a good sign of this.

And since the holidays are also the biggest reasons why most of us lose a good amount of sleep, we’re here to help you out in finding ways how to get a good amount of zzz’s no matter how many parties and get togethers you might have scheduled.

Gearing Up for the Holidays

So how should you get ready for the upcoming holidays? Here are some tips:

1. Don’t wait ’til the last minute.

If you need to shop for gifts, send out cards, or deck the halls with boughs of holly, do it now. Or at least get started already. For some experts in doing a lot around the holiday season, mid-November is already pretty late for getting a lot of things done, but it’s still much better than having to do last minute everything by the start of December.

2. Create a schedule and stick to it.

Discipline is essential if you’re very busy. You may feel tempted to skip a few things on your sched, but if it will only come back to haunt and rush you, it’s not worth the hassle. Do it now if you already have it scheduled and then relish in the free time you could have if you’ve accomplished everything in advance.

3. Prioritize!

With just one body, two hands, two feet, and 24 hours in a day, it’s definitely impossible to do everything at once. Prioritize the tasks that needs doing and maybe delegate a few to someone else. If it’s a menial task, maybe your partner, assistant, or kids can already take care of it.

4. Don’t stress yourself out too much.

As the song goes, “whatever will be, will be.” Don’t fret if you still haven’t done a few things on your list. It might even help you realize if a task is worth doing.

5. Don’t miss a wink of sleep.

The holidays will mean a lot of late nights with the family, so bank on a few hours of sleep while you still can right now. This way, you won’t build a massive sleep debt by the start of the new year.

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These are just a few things that you can do to start gearing up for the holidays. Try them out and save yourself from the possible grogginess you could experience after the holidays.

Surviving the First Workday after the Long Weekend

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On the morning after a long weekend or holiday break, the hardest thing to do is get out of bed to go to school or work. You’re surely still reeling from sleepiness by the moment you’ve stood up and worked your way out of the bedroom. If you’ve spent the long weekend going to bed in the wee hours and sleeping in during the day, you’re bound to feel groggy and sluggish the whole day. It’s what sleep deprivation and a messed up sleep schedule can do.

So, how do you survive this day? Here are some tricks.

1. Get some sun.

If you’re feeling really sleepy, go outside a bit and enjoy some sunshine. The light and warmth of the sun will help wake you up and tell your body that it’s already day time, so you have to be fully awake.

2. Eat breakfast.

Grabbing a nice hot meal in the morning is also a good way to tell your body that it needs to wake up now. It will also help power you up and give you energy for the day.

3. Time your meals.

Make sure to eat on time so you can set your circadian clock accordingly.

4. Don’t drink anything with caffeine later than 3 pm.

Caffeine could stay in your system for a couple of hours and that can rob you of your chance to get sleepy early tonight. Skip the afternoon cup of coffee or the large soda after 3 pm.

5. Take a nap.

If you’re already trying too hard to keep your eyes open after lunch, take a 20-minute power nap. Make sure to do it before 2 pm, though, so it won’t affect your sleep tonight.

6. Drink lots of water during the day.

Keeping yourself hydrated during the day time will help you stay awake, energized, and alert so make sure to drink lots of water the next day you’re back at work or school. It’s also a great way to rehydrate and get your body back in track after staying out on All Saints’ Day or after long hours of traveling.

7. Go to bed on your regular bedtime.

Since you’ll need to reset your sleep, you don’t want to go to bed too early as that might only result to oversleeping. Hit the hay at your regular bedtime so you can set your Circadian rhythm again to your usual schedule.

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These are just a few ways how you can survive your first day back at work after a long weekend. We hope you find it useful in powering through the day!

How’s Your Post-Holiday Sleep Situation?

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Every time a long holiday comes around, sleep is the most typically sacrificed activity for some reason or another. Staying up late is one of the most popular things all of us are prone to do when there’s no school or work the next day, creating an adverse effect on our sleeping schedules. Some try to compensate with staying in bed later, but that hardly makes it up for the zzz’s lost the previous night, as one’s Circadian rhythm is already affected by hitting the hay late.

If you’re one of those who tend to disregard your regular bed time over the holidays, expect some negative effects on your first day back to school or work. It’s very likely for you to experience some drowsiness, grogginess, and exhaustion. Basically, you won’t be at the top of your game on your first day back if you have altered your sleeping schedule during the holidays.The best way to deal with a groggy Monday after the holidays? Here are some of our tips.

1. Have breakfast.

Prepare yourself for the challenging day ahead by powering up. Just make sure to avoid anything too sugary and cool it with the caffeine. A healthy and filling breakfast with a cup of coffee will do

.2. Get some sun.

Getting some sunshine is a great way to let your body know that it is the day time and it should shake off sleep. It will wake you up and get you ready for the day ahead.

3. Don’t consume caffeine later than 3 pm.

To prepare yourself for catching some zzz’s on time later that evening, keep yourself from intaking caffeinated drinks starting from 3 pm. Caffeine can stay in your system for 7 hours, so drinking a cup of coffee late in the afternoon can easily keep you up until late the following evening. Remember that in order to get back on track on your sleeping schedule, you should be able to sleep earlier so you can catch ample shuteye.

4. Go to bed on your usual bed time.

To get back your old sleep schedule, you have to re-train your body into sleeping and waking at the same hours again. Kick it off as soon as you get back home, so your readjustment period won’t be prolonged. Go to bed at the usual hour you do before the holidays and make sure to get up the next morning at your regular wake up time as well. You might need to stick it out and deal with daytime sleepiness for the next few days, but as your body gets re-acclimated to your daily routine, you’ll soon get back your sleeping schedule.

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The first few days back from a holiday can really leave you reeling and in need for some extra zzz’s, especially if you’ve decided to skip on them during the break. With these tips, though, you’ll definitely get your sleep schedule back in a jiffy. If you want to skip these entirely, though, you might want to consider sticking with your sleep schedule the next time a long holiday comes around.

Holiday Sleep Tips (3rd in a series)

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Still not getting ample sleep because of all the holiday-related tasks you need to finish? Here are more sleep tips that you may find handy.

1. Relegate other tasks

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There’s really so much to do during the holidays that it feels like 24 hours isn’t enough for you to get everything done. If you feel like you’re already sacrificing hours of zzz’s just to finish something, step back and relegate other things in your to-do list to someone else. Ask your kids to do an extra chore and stop micromanaging everything so you can enjoy the season more and get some shuteye as well.

2. Take steps in minimizing noise

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With all the parties, reunions, and get togethers going on, noise could also be a factor in you losing some zzz’s. If this is the case, you can always politely ask neighbors to tone it down (especially during the wee hours of the night) or take some measures on your own. Ear plugs, heavy drapes, and some ambient sound could help you block some noise from the outside. If it doesn’t work, you can always sleep in a different area, where there’s less noise.

3. Take naps

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If you haven’t been getting ample shuteye during the night, you can always take naps to make up for some of your lost zzz’s. It will also help you get energized for everything you need to do.

 

This holiday season, while there’s just so much to do and so many people to see, take some time to spend on yourself. You might be missing out on some quality zzz’s, and that’s not the best way to end the year and start a new one. Make sure to get some high quality shuteye this holiday season. You’ll thank yourself for it come January.

Holiday Decorations in the Bedroom

Want your home to be extra festive? Add some holiday decor in your bedroom! To help you get inspired, here are some great samples we’ve rounded up from all over the web:

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If you like your home to be a bit more festive, you can always add decorations to other parts of your home. The bedroom is a great choice, as it is one of the most commonly used areas in your home as well. We hope you got some inspirations from these bedrooms and be able to recreate some in your humble abodes.