Sleep Survival For The Holidays

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Come on, it's lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you. Giddyap, giddyap, giddyap, let's go.

Let's look at the show. We're riding in a wonderland of snow.

Some of us remember the holidays as a wonderland of snow – the days before global warming and global online Santa tracking. Those were the days before our lives were enhanced with everything to spin our minds in 20 directions. And there’s Black Friday. Has anyone else noticed that Black Friday has now taken Thanksgiving Day hostage?

Sometimes it feels like the holidays can be a strategic survival game. A good, old-fashioned wholesome holiday season of a “wonderland of snow” doesn’t stand a chance. And Sleep? That’s the last thing on our minds. 

However, that doesn’t need to be our reality. We were born as the most advanced species and inherited the highest level of intelligence so that we are able to make our own decisions. So, why is it so difficult to stay healthy during the holidays and get the proper sleep we need? Why is everything else more urgent and significant than our health? 

This year we encourage you to take control of the season and make it merry with friends and family. Remember the true meaning and genuine focus of the holidays. We also encourage you to monitor your sleep wellness and keep the following in mind:

 

1.Holiday H20: Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Drink lots and lots of water. 

 

2.Juggle the Java: It’s easy to increase coffee intake during this season. We drink it when we socialize with family and friends, need a pick-me-up, or maybe because a mint-meltaway-gingerbread-hot-nutmeg-mocha-drink never sounded so delicious. The problem with additional caffeine intake is that it disrupts our proper nighttime sleep and can even make our sleep jittery.

 

3.Booze cruise alert. This is a no-brainer. Watch your alcoholic beverage consumption. Maybe you think you cannot get through another holiday with Uncle Ulysses and find yourself licking the last drop of the eggnog pitcher. Please keep in mind how easy it is to overindulge during this season. Try and drink a glass of water for every alcoholic beverage you enjoy and keep tabs on your total consumption. 

(This includes calories as well.) Excessive alcoholic consumption is known to disrupt your sleep.

 

4.Count your zzzZZs. Remember to schedule the proper amount of time for sleep and recovery for your body. Do not let this get away from you. Inadequate amount of sleep does no one any good…not yourself and not your loved ones. Count and plan for the correct hours of sleep every night.

 

5.Make Working Out Your Wonderland. Everyone considers skipping workouts to squeeze in more time for holiday preparations or celebrations. Say NO to breaking your exercise mojo.  Even as little as 20 minutes of cardio can help you sleep better and make sure it is at least 3 hours before bedtime.

 

6.Shining Star. Keep holiday lights out of your bedroom. Create a dark, cool temperature room and minimize electronics and light sources. The darker you can make your bedroom, the more beneficial it is to achieving the best quality of sleep.

 

7.Gift yourself. Take time out for yourself and enjoy the beauty of the season and days. Be as good to yourself as you are to others and remember to achieve proper sleep every night.

 

If you have a loved one who experiences any sleep apnea symptoms such as snoring, gasping for air during sleep, daytime fatigue, or has already been diagnosed with sleep apnea but is possibly CPAP intolerant, please call our office immediately for a consultation with a doctor. Within a few minutes you could be on your way to helping a friend or family member and possibly even saving a life.