Sleep is the new Botox these holidays.
Tips for relaxing sleep during the festive, hectic season.
Between holiday shopping, parties and family visits, the holiday season can leave you short on time and sleep. But it’s important to keep your sleep routine so that you can truly enjoy the season.
A lack of quality sleep can increase chances of holiday weight gain and can disrupt your fitness routine .Also, remember that extra alcohol, finger foods and treats along with the added hustle and bustle of shopping can lead to fitful, unsatisfactory sleep. But a few mindful selections can help you maintain your sleep and your health, so do not be dismayed
Here are some tips from BedMart to ensure your sleep will not be just a dream.
Stick to your normal sleep routine. It may seem impossible during the busy holiday season, but it’s really not. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day – even on weekends and holidays. Stay unswerving to support your sleep-wake cycle and encourage a more relaxing night’s slumber. If you have an evening holiday party to attend and you plan on staying up late, try to keep your wake up time the same, even if you feel tired the next day.
Always remember to avoid eating within two hours of bedtime. If you’re hungry, have a glass of milk and a light snack like fresh fruit or granola. Milk contains the amino acid L-tryptophan, which research shows, helps people go to sleep.
Make your bedroom your constant place of relaxation. Minimize noise (wear earplugs if needed), close the blinds and reduce any form of light. Your kids may be excited about the holidays and find it hard to sleep. Don’t allow them to sleep in your bed with you. This will disrupt a good night’s sleep for all of you.
Try to avoid alcohol and caffeine. Side-step caffeine at least four hours before bedtime. As a stimulant, it will keep you awake. When it comes to caffeine, watch out. It’s present not only in coffee, tea and cola, but also in many of the chocolate treats you might snack on at a holiday party. Alcohol is a depressant that you may think is helpful because it might help you fall asleep more easily at first. But when your body metabolizes it during the sleep cycle, it often disrupts sleep and wakes you up.
Keep your mind calm and anxiety-free at bedtime. The holidays can bring stress and anxiety along with joy and excitement. Thoughts about when you’ll find the time to finish your shopping, or about all the cleaning you have to do before your weekend guests arrive may plague your waking mind. Put these to rest at least an hour before bedtime, your bedtime is the ‘me-time’ your body needs
Get plenty of exercise. Exercising during the day reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body. Regular exercise can promote a deeper sleep.
Always remember your health and emotional well-being is your most important personal assets. Maintaining healthy sleep habits, no matter the season, can help you feel refreshed and recharged so you can truly enjoy precious times with the people you care about. Take the time to incorporate these tips into your everyday routine and you’ll notice the difference almost immediately. With BedMart it is easy to evoke a new love for your bed and know the importance of sleep.