How To Maintain A Healthy Sleep Routine During The Holidays

How To Maintain A Healthy Sleep Routine During The Holiday Season

It’s not always easy to stick to your sleep routine during the holiday season!

When you’re shopping for that perfect gift, rushing from one party to another, attending multiple family gatherings, your regular sleep routine is likely to go out the door! Then there’s the likelihood of travelling for the holidays and having to deal with jet lag as well! As a result, it can be extremely difficult to maintain a healthy sleep routine during the holiday season

No wonder Christmas time is considered the most stressful time of year!

How To Maintain A Healthy Sleep Routine During The Holiday Season

Implement the following tips on how to maintain a healthy sleep routine during the holiday season and your holiday season will be much more relaxed!

Issues You May Have to Deal With

Late Nights

Late nights can cause an elevation in the stress hormones Cortisol and Adrenaline, ensure that you take the time to wind down before trying to sleep. Celebrating and connecting with your friends and family can be an effective way to de-stress. Keep the conversations light and fun if possible, less stress will help make for a better night’s sleep.

Travelling (Time Zone Changes etc)

Are you planning to travel to a different time zone for the Holiday Season? Starting a few days before try to move your sleep schedule to the time zone you will be travelling to. A little research will make all the difference.

Stress and Excitement

The holiday season is all about parties, nights out, socialising, travel and the anticipation of gifts. It can also be the season for highly stressful family situations. All of these things combined can count toward sleepless nights. The exchanging of gifts and catching up at holiday parties (with the right people) can actually reduce your stress levels allowing you to rest easier at night.

“What if Christmas, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” – Dr Seuss, How The Grinch Stole Christmas

Too Much Good Food

It’s common to eat large, heavy means during the holidays and that could lead to tummy troubles followed by a sleepless night. Where possible, enjoy smaller portions of rich foods that you may not normally consume. Limit sugary drinks, caffeine and alcohol (especially in the last two hours before bedtime) as this may keep you awake at night.

Keep a Regular Sleep Schedule

A major highlight of the season and celebrating the end of a year is staying up late, partying and socialising with friends and family. Sadly, these little changes can be enough to throw out your sleep schedule. You may not be able to avoid late nights but sometimes leaving early from a gathering will be an immense help. If not, then take the time to get back into your sleep routine before having to return to work. You don’t want to start the New Year exhausted!

Continue Your Exercise Routine

Ok, so maybe you won’t find time to make it to the gym, but a daily walk will at least be a start to reducing your stress hormones. Avoid anything too strenuous in the lead up to bedtime.

“The holiday season is a time for storytelling, and whether you are hearing the story of a candelabra staying lit for more than a week, or a baby born in a barn without proper medical supervision, these stories often feature miracles. Miracles are like pimples, because once you start looking for them, you find more than you ever dreamed you’d see, and this holiday story features any number of miracles, depending on your point of view.” – Lemony Snicket, The Lump Of Coal

Irregular sleep schedules are a major culprit when looking at holiday sleep issues. Good planning and being flexible will help you get through it. Enjoy the holiday season, follow these tips and you will still be able to enjoy a restful night’s sleep! 

How To Maintain A Healthy Sleep Routine During The Holiday Season

8 replies
  1. Al
    Al says:

    Oh I’ve struggled with this so much recently. I’d been getting up at 5:30 every morning for a good while, but then something changed and I am finding it hard. I think maybe it’s going to bed later, or maybe more alcohol than usual recently. In any case, I need to sort it out- in a few weeks there’ll be a baby doing his best to keep me awake I’m sure!

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    • Dee
      Dee says:

      Going to bed later and excess alcohol can certainly make it harder to wake up at your usual time. It’s time to get back into your routine especially with a baby on the way. Congrats 🙂

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  2. Michael
    Michael says:

    Thank you for these sleep tips for the holidays. For me, finding time for regular exercise is the one that seems to help the most. And the earlier in the day that I get to it, the better I am at some of the other ideas that you suggest. It’s so true that the holidays are a major disruption to the normal routines of life. And I guess that’s kind of the point – to slow down and celebrate with family and friends. But it can also be a slippery slope that leads to sleep deprived nights and feeling groggy the next day. Love these sleep ideas. Keep ’em coming!

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  3. Grace
    Grace says:

    Great tips! I am a natural night owl, so I love to take any opportunity to stay up late. I’ve always wondered, however, if sleeping in makes up for that or if it’s worse because it just messed up your sleep cycle.

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    • Dee
      Dee says:

      Sleeping in can make it worse, it can feel a bit like jet-lag for some, so try not to do it too often or for too long Grace. Have a wonderful holiday season 🙂

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  4. Kendra
    Kendra says:

    Great post! I know for me keeping a regular schedule is so very important to my sleep health but all the other suggestions are excellent especially this time of the year.

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    • Dee
      Dee says:

      I too need to keep a regular schedule, but for me that can be difficult (I’m a shift worker). Keeping my sleep schedule as regular as possible is my key to health and happiness. Have a wonderful Holiday season Kendra! 🙂

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