It’s not just the kids that have trouble sleeping on Christmas Eve; Christmas is tiring.
There can be a lot going on – whether it’s hosting an event, travelling to visit family and friends, or putting your party pants on to socialise until the small hours of the morning.
Yet, other times, we might stay snuggled up on the sofa all day, and realise that we haven’t left the house for over 24 hours. With all of this toing and froing over the festive period, it can leave us feeling a little out of our bedtime routine.
There’s no need to fret, though. We’ve come up with some handy hints to help you feel rested and at your best over Christmas and New Year.
You don’t have to change your routine too much
With guests staying over, it can often feel like you have to alter your bedtime routine – whether that means going to bed later than normal, or getting up earlier.
Even half an hour or an hour’s difference in your sleep can make a huge difference to how tired you feel throughout the day. So, try to stick to your bedtime routine as much as possible.
Tell guests that they can go to bed, or get up whenever they want to – if you know that people have a set routine. This prevents you from feeling guilty if your routine differs from theirs, and ensures that you can all get enough sleep.
Try to resist the urge to lie in
With time off work, it can be tempting to stay in bed for as long as possible. Of course, lie in for a little longer if you feel that you need the sleep. But, don’t get into a bad habit – this will only make it harder to adjust when the holidays are over.
If you’re worried about not sleeping on Christmas Eve and being tired for the big day, fear not. Try waking up a little earlier on Christmas Eve morning and try using this time productively. Wrap any presents that still require attention, or head to the supermarket as soon as it opens to get the last bits for the Christmas dinner.
By getting up an hour earlier, you’ll feel tired earlier – and that’ll help you to settle down when it comes to bedtime.
Tire yourself out during the day
It might not be possible for you to stick to your usual fitness regime – whether you’re restricted because of Christmas opening hours at your gym, you have family staying, or you’re not at home for Christmas. But, just because it’s Christmas, that’s no excuse not to move your body!
Whether it’s a little boogie with your loved ones to some Christmas classics, or a brisk walk after dinner, there’s plenty of options to help burn off all the turkey and aid your digestion.
Speaking of food, try not to go to bed on a full stomach. Stop eating at least an hour before you go to bed (if not two or three) – and you’ll hit the z’s in no time!