Christmas - Sleep Survival
The festive season is well upon us and we are spending more, doing more, eating more - but sleeping less. It's easy to get into the festive spirit and start burning the candle at both ends, working, partying, shopping and planning the perfect Christmas. Here are a few tips to help keep your sleep routine in check:
Christmas Eve – getting the kids to sleep!
For the little ones, it's the most exciting night of the year and so getting the kids to sleep is far from easy. Chances are that they'll be far too excited at their normal bedtime on Christmas Eve, so here are some things you can try:
- Turn off all blue screens about 1 hour before their usual bedtime.
- Give them a warm bath 30 minutes before their usual sleep time (you can always add a few drops of lavender oil to help them relax).
- If they go to bed and can’t settle due to the excitement, take them back downstairs and do something relaxing such as reading or colouring.
You don’t need to worry too much about bedtime on Christmas Eve, as long as the kids have a good routine and wake up at a similar time every day, they'll soon switch back to their usual sleep behaviours. Plus, they are sure to be exhausted after the big day anyway!
Festivities and disturbed sleep
The Christmas season can have a real impact on our sleep and productivity. We don’t suggest you stop enjoying yourself (especially after the year we’ve all had!), but one thing you can do to help deal with your disrupted sleep is to resist the temptation to lay in bed all day after a late night.
If you've been up late, try and get up as close to your usual wake up time as possible so that you don't disrupt your internal clock. This means you'll be able to get to sleep that evening around your usual time. So even though you might be a little hungover or feel tired, get up to avoid a number of days of poor sleep.
Happy Christmas from everyone at Choose Sleep.