December days are among the shortest of the year, with less sunlight to keep you feeling awake and energized during the day. The nights are longer, but this doesn’t always correlate with more sleep - increased stress levels lead to shorter and less restful slumber. You may find yourself staying up late in preparation for company, or worse, losing valuable shut-eye over family tensions and financial stress.
Then, there’s another side to yuletide sleeplessness: holiday parties. When you stay up late into the night, it can be difficult to catch up. Of course you want to celebrate the season and spend time with friends and family, but how do you balance socializing and your health?
The holidays don’t have to leave you droopy-eyed. Read our home sleep remedies for staying well-rested this season.
Take a Warm Bath
Chilly weather makes for the perfect cozy-up atmosphere. To relax your mind and body before bed, take a warm bath. Feel free to spruce it up with bath salts, bubbles or scented oils, like lavender. Studies suggest that taking a bath a couple of hours before bed leads to more restful sleep.
Watch Your Late Night Snacking
Everyone wants to fill up on rich winter-weather treats on December evenings, but eating too close to bedtime can disrupt your sleep cycle. On the other hand, if you find your sleep inhibited by a rumbling tummy, eat a small snack an hour before hitting the hay. Avoid sugar and carbohydrate-rich foods, opting instead for foods that contain tryptophan, the essential amino acid that is responsible for making you sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner. (That’s right – turkey and Greek yogurt are good choices.)
Enjoy a Relaxing Beverage
If you remember Grandma giving you a glass of warm milk before bed when you were a child, she was onto something. Milk contains high levels of tryptophan as well as calcium, a combination that is especially soothing warmed up. Herbal teas make for a calming pre-sleep beverage, too – chamomile tea is actually a mild tranquilizer!
Develop a Pre-Sleep Ritual
The body is a glutton for routine. No matter what helps you clear your mind when you hit the lights, find a ritual that works for you and try to stick with it. This means going to bed and getting up around the same time each day, even on the weekends. Keep your circadian rhythm running smoothly, and your body will thank you!
Use Royal Velvet
Sleep’s most important purpose is to replenish your neurotransmitters, which allow your brain to send messages to your body. Low levels of neurotransmitters lead to high levels of tiredness and depression. But without the proper nutrients, your brain cannot properly restore all of the neurotransmitters it uses up each day. The Healthy Protocol, LLC’s Royal Velvet contains all the nutrients your mind and body need to produce healthy levels of neurotransmitters, leading to more productive sleep and more wakeful days.
While Santa and his elves are running about this Christmas, you can take pleasure in an evening of restful sleep. We hope these tips help you to have a relaxing holiday season!
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