At Christmas it can be harder than ever to maintain a healthy sleep routine. Between going to parties and indulging in fabulous food and drink, to lying awake at night making dinner plans…there are all kinds of things standing between us and a great night’s sleep.
We’ve come up with five tips that’ll help you stay on top of your sleep and feel your absolute best this season. Whether you want to feel party-ready or just maintain a calm mind, this is the way to do it.
1. Try to go to bed the same time every night and wake up the same time each morning.
This can be especially hard when there is so much socialising to do at Christmas, but it’s important to try. Our bodies crave routine, so even if you have a late night, you’ll be better off avoiding the lazy lie-in the next morning.
2. Keep Christmas decor OUT of the bedroom.
Save the Christmas tinsel and lights for other parts of your home and keep your bedroom as minimalist as possible. Think cool, soothing colours and keep it dark when getting ready for sleep. You want your bedroom to be a place to unwind and not be distracted by the holiday madness going on elsewhere!
3. Keep moving.
Regular exercise helps to balance the body clock, so you’ll be more likely to know when it’s time to sleep and wake up. Daily walks in the fresh air will do wonders for your metabolism, particularly after a hefty Christmas dinner! You might also try a light morning run, or a spot of yoga or pilates, both of which will help you relax.
Staying on the move will not only help you sleep better at night, but also avoid daytime naps, which can interfere with regular sleep.
4. Don’t eat or drink too close to going to bed.
It’s important to avoid any heavy food or drink at least a couple of hours before bed, and caffeine should be avoided 6 hours before. This can be difficult at parties, but having a ‘cut-off point’ can help to let your body know it’s time to wind down for sleep.
If you must have something, try a warm milky drink spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg to make it extra Christmassy! Non-alcoholic eggnog is also a good option.
5. Ensure your bed is comfortable.
You’re not going to look forward to bedtime if you’re not sleeping in the right bed! It’s a great idea to make sure your mattress, pillows and duvet are all up to scratch before the big day. If you regularly wake up through the night; experience aches and pains in the morning and/or can feel the springs in your mattress, it’s highly likely that your mattress, pillow or both need replacing.
Duvets should also be replaced every five years and it’s crucial to ensure you’re using the right tog. Check out our handy tog guide to see which tog is most suitable for you, and browse our collection of premium synthetic and natural duvets. Your body will thank you for it you’ll be much more likely to grab that beauty sleep.