Don’t wait up for Santa

The holiday season can be a stressful time. With extra family members around (that you may or may not get along with), it’s easy to lose sleep. When extended family is visiting, it’s normal to want to keep the house in perfect order and make sure everyone’s favorite snack and beverage are available. All of these extra responsibilities can take a toll on the body and make restful sleep more difficult to achieve.

It’s important not to take all of these added responsibilities on by yourself! Utilize the extra family members around to share the workload, and designate different family members to be responsible for activities. If you’re responsible for making breakfast, let someone else handle dinner. When you relieve the extra stress it will be much easier to get the necessary rest needed each night.

Maintaining your regular bedtime routine will also help your body rest better, despite the additional company. If you normally wash your face and read a book right before bed, keep doing that so your brain knows it’s time to fall asleep. Try to limit the amount of time you spend on your phone in the evening as well. The blue light emitted from the screen interferes with your brain’s sleep/wake cycles. It’s also important to stay away from the peppermint mocha lattes in the afternoon despite the temptation! Caffeine after 3pm can hinder your ability to rest at night, along with consuming alcohol right before bedtime. All of these tips can help you fall asleep and stay asleep at night.

Remember, it’s the kids who are supposed to stay awake all night for Santa, not you!

-Kayla Lewis, BS

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