Sleep. We all want more of it, right? Christmas is coming, one of the most exciting times of the year, but during all of the hustle and bustle sleep during the holidays often gets neglected.
And when this happens it’s not only bad for your mood, but your overall health. Yikes. Research proves that lack of sleep can lead to high blood pressure and even the dreaded.weight gain.
Below are three simple ways to get better sleep during this busy time of year so you can truly soak in time with your family and friends and feel your best. Your mind and body will thank you, too.
1 Create a sleep schedule
You create schedules for everything else (meal prepping, exercising, daily priorities), so why not a sleep schedule? It actually works! We are creatures of habit and our bodies were even designed to function off of a sleep schedule.
Don’t jump the gun and try going to bed two hours earlier than you usually do and waking up an hour earlier. Chances of that working for you are slim to none. You have to train your body to follow a strict sleep schedule to maximise your sleep each night.
Try setting your alarm 15 minutes earlier in the morning and get in bed 30 minutes earlier than normal. Ease yourself into a strict schedule. Progress is progress, and remember it takes several days for your body to fully adapt.
2 Change your sleep structure
The worst feeling is when you get in bed after a long day and can’t fall asleep because you’re uncomfortable. A poor mattress is the cause of lots of aches and pains. You’re not alone if you suffer from sleep loss because you’re uncomfortable. Good news – there’s a simple fix. Purchase a new mattress for yourself or a loved one this holiday season. You deserve it.
Yes, buying a new mattress is an investment, but a necessity that can turn your sleep and overall health around. Even better, they can be shipped directly to your door rolled in a box. So easy!
3 Consider changing your diet
Surprisingly, eating carbs for dinner actually may help you fall asleep. Make sure they’re healthy carbs though – brown rice and quinoa are great examples. The tryptophan in these foods naturally increases the production of serotonin that helps your brain relax. The key is controlling your portions and avoiding caffeine right before bed. Cut the wine, too. You may feel sleepy at first, but alcohol actually disturbs your deep sleep cycle later in the night.
The holidays are a magical time of year. It’s important to take care of your body by giving it the sleep it deserves! In addition to these tips, limit your screen time on your phone. That bright light on your screen tricks your brain into thinking it’s not time to wind down. There are plenty of options besides scrolling through your phone to wind down before bed. Try reading a book, taking a warm bath, or listening to relaxing music. Yoga and light stretches also work wonders for relaxing the body.