The silly season is well and truly here, and that means endless social commitments filled with delicious food and flowing drinks. It’s a wonderful time for our social lives, but sometimes not so great for our health routines!
For most people, the festive season is a chance to unwind and recharge with friends and family so it’s only natural we feel it’s okay to push our sleep routine to the side. Through all the fun and the chaos, it’s still just as important to prioritise a good night’s rest so you’re bright-eyed, bushy tailed, and ready to tackle those fun-filled celebrations.
Today, I’m sharing my top tips for how you can maintain good sleep habits this silly season and keep your health and wellbeing at the top of your wish list!
My Top Silly Season Sleep Tips
1. Stick To Your Sleep Schedule
While it's tempting to change up your routines during the holidays, staying up late or sleeping in for hours can wreak havoc on your sleeping schedule. That’s why, as hard as may seems, it’s extremely beneficial to keep to your regular sleep ritual. Sure, it’s okay to stay up a little later, but try and limit this to one hour off your usual schedule. Maintaining consistency in your sleep routine during this busy time will benefit your energy levels through the days and support your circadian rhythm.
2. Drink In Moderation
It wouldn’t be the silly season without a few drinks shared between good friends and family to celebrate the holiday season! While it’s true that alcohol is a great sleep inducer, it is equally one of the greatest disruptors to your rest and reduces the quality of your sleep. It also blocks your ability to fall into the REM stage of sleep, where memories are stored, and dreaming occurs.
It can be especially easy to over-indulge and get carried away with one to many Prosecco’s during the festivities, but limiting your intake to two standard drinks has been shown to have a minimal negative effect on your sleep, so you can stay revitalised whilst not missing out on the fun!
3. Embrace The Post Food Coma Nap
While sleeping after you eat isn’t entirely ideal for your body’s digestion, sometimes you simply can’t help that post-meal drowsiness. It is recommended that taking a short 10-20 minute strategic nap is the perfect way to feel refreshed after indulging in a little bit too much at Christmas lunch. Any longer is much more likely to interfere with your night-time sleep schedule.
Although it’s tempting to take a few days (or weeks) off your usual fitness routine to enjoy the festivities, don’t do it! Exercise is one of the greatest promotors of good, quality sleep. Once the Christmas lunch food coma wears off, it’s the perfect time to get outside and move – it can be as simple as a 30 minute walk. This will not only work wonders for the body, but your mind, as well as helping you clear your head of those holiday stresses.
I hope these tips help you sleep well over this silly season! By following these 4 simple steps, you’re guaranteed a restful and rejuvenated night’s sleep over the busiest time of year. Need more help nailing your sleep routine? Head to The Goodnight Co. to find your next sleep solution! Use the code “IKNOWSHEA” for 20% off.