Sleep Better While Celebrating

This time of year is simply crawling with parties.  First, you have the office holiday parties, then neighborhood holiday parties, and then after that you have family get-togethers.  Even after all of those are done, you still have New Year’s Eve to deal with.  One might think the only sleep problem related to all of this merriment is going to bed later than usual.  That’s not true, however.  If alcohol is involved, that adds another layer of sleep problems.  While going to sleep under the influence usually isn’t that difficult, alcohol interrupts the second half of your sleep cycle, which means a night’s sleep that is “assisted” by alcohol won’t be a good one.

Here are some tips to ensure that you enjoy yourself at all of those year end parties, but still get a good night’s sleep:

  • Drink in moderation: There’s no way around it — you won’t get a good night’s sleep if you go to bed under the influence of alcohol.
  • Don’t go straight to bed: Once you get home from a great time with friends or relatives, give yourself a little  time to wind down before getting into bed.  A warm (decaffeinated) drink and some quiet music might help.
  • Try to stick to your normal sleep schedule: This may seem like a downer, but going to bed at about the same time every night is an excellent sleep habit.
  • Take it easy on the h’ors d’oeuvres: If you load up on heavy foods right before bed, your body will still be working to digest them when you lay down for the night.  This is not a recipe for a good night’s sleep.

For more on how alcohol affects your sleep, read our article, Sleep & Alcohol.