The commercials show a family all smiles enjoying a meal laughing and enjoying great conversation. They all look relaxed happy and well rested. The truth is that the holidays can be a stressful, depressing and hectic time of year. However, with a little planning and setting a few priorities you can enjoy your holidays and not look like you just trained for a marathon.
Make bedtime a priority. You will feel better if you go to bed at the same time every night. This does not mean you should never go out and enjoy a night out with friends, but this should not be an every night. Sleep deprivation will make you fuzzy, grouchy and tired the next day. You can sleep in the next day and you will make up for some of the lost sleep.
Take time to unwind. With all the excitement going on during the holidays we take very little time to relax and unwind. This is the time of year when a sleep routine is most helpful. Take twenty minutes to relax, read a little, journal, an do a little stretching to help you unwind. It will be one of the best ways for you to fall asleep faster.
Get some exercise in the morning. A little physical activity in the morning will help you start off the day with a little more energy. It will be even more helpful if you can spend that time outside. The light and the increase in oxygen and blood flow will help you to be more focused during the day.
Drink your water. Dehydration can keep your mind fuzzy and increase you stress. If you are dehydrated you can also have muscle cramps that can keep you up at night. It is one of the easier things to keep you healthy.
Don't sweat the small stuff. A little planning and the acceptance that some things will go wrong during the holidays will allow you to enjoy the holidays with less stress. The holidays are not about perfect place setting but about laughing and hugging. These will help you to relax and when it is time to go to bed you will find you will be able to fall asleep faster.
The goal of the holidays is to all your to enjoy food, fun and family. Whether it is Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas take some time out to enjoy it and make sure that you plan your sleep time into your day.