12 Holiday Sleep Tips #8: Don’t Overdo the Food

We’re in the homestretch leading up to the end of the year holidays.  Are you stressed out yet?  Are you sleeping well?  We’re providing a whopping 12 sleep tips to help make sure you get your much-needed rest between now and the end of the year.  Find all of the tips published thus far by clicking here.


Tip #8: Don’t Overdo the Food

In previous SleepBetter articles, we’ve talked about the sleepiness that can occur after a big Thanksgiving meal.  That sleepiness, in most cases, is due to overeating carbohydrate-rich foods during your feast.  Fortunately, at Thanksgiving many of us tend to have a very early dinner, which allows plenty of time for that food to digest.  That’s not necessarily the case with feasts related to Christmas and other end-of-the-year holidays.  Going to bed for the night with a belly full of turkey, ham, potatoes, rolls, sweets, and a number of other things ,can lead to not only indigestion, but problems sleeping.

Aside from the full blown holiday feasts, food is everywhere during the holiday season.  If you attend a party, there will invariably be a table full of hors d’oeuvres.  Wolfing down a bunch of bacon-wrapped little sausages and then going home to bed is just as much a recipe for a poor night’s sleep as the previously-mentioned turkey, ham, potatoes, and rolls.

Whether we’re talking about a full blown feast or filling your belly one hors d’oeuvre at a time, it’s unwise to go to bed stuffed.  When you sleep, all of your internal organs slow down to allow your body to rest.  However, if your body is working hard to digest 20 of your Aunt Betsy’s famous meatballs, it can lead to a restless night.  To sleep better while celebrating, eat in moderation or at least stop several hours before bedtime.  Once you’re home, keep late night snacks light ( which means no leftover ham or turkey.)