The holiday season might be "the most wonderful time of the year" for some people. But for many others, it's also the most stressful time of the year.
From not having enough time to not having enough money, people tend to stress out over any number of things during the holidays. The financial aspect of the holidays, in particular, is especially stressful with one survey suggesting that about 45% of Americans wouldn't mind skipping Christmas every year to avoid the stress associated with holiday expenses.
All of this stress can impact how much sleep people are able to get throughout the holiday season. And a lack of sleep can make the holidays even more stressful than they already are. People have a hard time getting things done when they're sleep-deprived all the time.
Do you want to avoid finding yourself in this position this holiday season? Learn more about how much sleep you should be getting during the holidays below.
Aim to Get At Least 7 Hours of Sleep Every Night
No matter what time of the year it is, the National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults get somewhere between 7 and 9 hours of sleep every night. The organization also says that some adults may require upwards of 10 hours of sleep every night.
If you're sleeping for anywhere from 7 to 10 hours every night right now, that's awesome. You don't have to worry about how much sleep you get during the holidays because you're already hitting the mark as far as the NSF is concerned.
But if you're only getting, say, 4 or 5 hours of sleep every night, you should make it your mission to up that to at least 7 hours, if not 8 or 9 hours. The more sleep you're able to get this holiday season, the better you'll be able to function.
Try to Avoid Going to Sleep Too Late at Night During the Holidays
It's not all that difficult to see why so many Americans struggle to get enough sleep during the holidays. They're often up later at night during the holiday season than they are at other times of the year.
Some people are up later than usual because they're attending holiday parties and other functions. Others are up past their bedtime because they're trying to catch up on their holiday shopping online.
Whatever the case, you should try not to get into the habit of going to sleep late every night during the holiday season. Even if you only go to bed an hour later than you usually do, it can throw your entire sleep schedule off and leave you feeling more tired than normal.
Stop Holiday-Related Stress From Taking a Toll on Your Sleep
There are people who make every effort to get themselves into bed at a reasonable time during the holiday season. But regardless of how hard they try to go to sleep on time, holiday-related stress prevents them from falling asleep at night.
If you find that your stress levels are always through the roof when the holidays come around, you should make it a point to bring them back down to earth as best you can. This will allow you to get the sleep that your body and mind so desperately need.
You can eliminate at least some of the stress that you feel around the holidays by:
- Finding the time to exercise
- Creating schedules that help you manage your time
- Meditating on a regular basis
- Staying away from toxic family members and friends
- Setting realistic expectations for the holiday season
If you're too stressed out day in and day out, you're going to find that it won't be easy to fall asleep at night. And over time, that can make your stress even worse and make sleep even harder to come by.
Get rid of stress as best you can, and you'll have an easier time falling asleep at night and experience better sleep overall.
Limit Your Alcohol Intake During the Holidays to Improve Sleep
The average person drinks more alcohol during the holiday season than at any other time of the year. In fact, a recent study found that most people drink twice as much throughout the holidays as they normally do.
There's nothing wrong with enjoying a drink (or two!) at your company Christmas party or at the annual Christmas Eve party that you throw at your house. But drinking too much alcohol can affect how much sleep you get during the holiday season in a negative way.
Drinking alcohol does help some people fall asleep at night. But many of those people have their sleep cycles interrupted as a result of the alcohol that they've put into their systems.
It's why you should limit your alcohol intake when the holidays come around. You can't afford to throw away a good night's sleep after having one too many drinks at a holiday party.
Make Sure Your Bedroom Is Set Up for Sleeping
If you're going to commit to sleeping more during the holiday season so that your mind is always sharp and your body is always filled with energy, you're going to need to have your bedroom set up the right way.
Has it been a while now since the last time you replaced your mattress? You should consider treating yourself to a new one during the holidays.
You should also make sure you have the right bedding on your bed when you go to sleep at night. Invest in everything from a new comforter and new sheets to a new pillow and maybe even a new weighted blanket to promote better sleep.
How much sleep you get is tied to the way you have your bedroom set up to some degree. When you look forward to climbing into bed at the end of a long day, you'll sleep so much better at night.
Don't Let the Holidays Affect How Much Sleep You Get
It's easy to allow the holidays to ruin your sleep schedule. There is so much that you need to do—and only so much time for you to do it. Sleep starts to seem more like a luxury than a priority when you're trying to check things off your to-do list.
But you shouldn't look at sleep that way this holiday season!
How much sleep you get is ultimately going to determine how much you enjoy the holidays. So rather than putting sleep on the back burner, make sure you're going to bed at a decent time every night and getting the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep.
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