It’s Holiday Crunch Time: Tips for Sleeping Better While Scurrying

Only 10 days left until Christmas.  Have you done everything you have to do?  If not, make sure you don’t overtax yourself to the point where you can’t even enjoy this magical time of the year.  The worst thing you can do is negatively effect your sleep schedule, and walk around like a zombie for the next couple of weeks.  Here are a few tips to help you out:

  1. Keep your schedule: Stick to your normal sleep schedule.  Throwing your body off kilter right now will only make you less productive.
  2. Use alcohol in moderation: A drink or two is one thing, but having more than that late in the evening will lead to sleep problems.
  3. Sleep cool: The weather can be frightful this time of year, with cold, snow, and ice.  Resist the urge to crank up the thermostat, as it’s difficult to sleep in a room that’s too hot.  Keep your heat set to between 60 and 68, and use layers of blankets if you’re still chilly when you turn in for the night.
  4. Be comfortable and rest while traveling: If you’re traveling to visit friends and family this year, dress in loose clothes and in layers so you’ll be comfortable. This is a good time to break out those sweat pants, for example.  If you’re flying or riding in a bus, or if you’re traveling by car and you’re not the driver, bring a travel pillow and use the time to try to catch up on some much-needed sleep. It’s also great way to make the trip go more quickly.
  5. Avoid rushing around before bedtime: During those few hours between the kids’ bedtime and yours, it’s tempting to rush around and try to get everything done.  Obviously this can be a very productive time, but stop rushing a half hour to an hour before it’s time for you to go to bed. Have some wind down time by reading a book, listening to calming music, or taking a warm bath. Rushing around frantically and then diving into bed isn’t a great way to get a good night’s sleep.

For more holiday sleep help, check out our great series of 12 Holiday Sleep Tips.