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5 Tips for Your Holiday Sleep Routine

As you're gearing up for the holidays, you may be excited for some yummy eats, rest and relaxation and much-needed time with loved ones. While the holidays are a perfect time for indulging, don't forget about the basics to ensure your sleep routine stays in tip-top shape. You'll need the extra Zzzz's for all of the holiday fun!

To make sure you are getting the most out of the holiday season, here are our best sleep tips for sticking to your holiday sleep routine:


1. Limit The Sweets and Treats

This is easier said than done, but do your best to limit the gingerbread cookies and holidays goodies. The extra sugar can give you an unexpected spike of energy, especially at night. Instead, sip on a mug of your favorite hot chocolate in the early afternoon and try some sleepy-time tea before bedtime. You don't want all that sugar in your body when you are trying to get a good night's rest before a day of holiday fun!


2. Keep to Your Usual Routine

It can be easy with the time off from work or school to give yourself some slack on your usual routine. In order to keep things consistent and your circadian rhythm in check, try and stick to your normal bedtime and morning routines.

If you usually wind down with a book at night, plan to bring one during your travels. Keep things as normal as possible so you won't have to get back in a groove after the holidays are over.


3. Turn Your Bedroom Into a Winter Wonderland

Make your bedroom extra cozy with some warm blankets and calming candles. Maybe even add some twinkle lights and small holiday decorations to help you get in the spirit. You'll feel extra jolly, and you'll actually be excited to get into bed each night.


4. Avoid the Extra Java and Eggnog, Especially at Night

It's easy to splurge during the holidays and overindulge in the festive cocktails or coffee. We aren't saying not to enjoy your favorite holiday treats, just do so sparingly.

Drinking too much alcohol or caffeine can keep you up at night and interfere with your rest throughout the night. Try to limit your intake and cut off your drinking at least four hours before bedtime, giving your body enough time to get rid of extra alcohol or caffeine.


5. Limit the Screens (Including the Holiday Movies) Before Bedtime

It can be tempting to stay up all night binge-watching your favorite holiday flicks, but it's  best to avoid TVs (and phones) at least 30 minutes before bedtime.

Save the Christmas movies for the day time, and opt to read a holiday book before bed instead. You'll fall asleep quicker and stay asleep longer.

While the holidays are a great time to indulge and relax, don't stray too far from routine. You'll be so happy you stuck to your normal regimen when it comes time to go back to reality.

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