How to Rest Well During the Holidays?

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There can be a lot of ups and downs during the holiday season. Spending time with your loved ones can be a joy, or it can leave you feeling stressed and vulnerable. If the holidays are particularly stressful, it could be that you’re not getting enough rest. You should audit your holiday lifestyle for potential downsides that leave you tired and stressed, rather than swimming with the tide. To stay well-rested during the holidays, here are a few tips.

Stay Active

Good food, cold weather, and endless TV shows invite couch-hogging. A healthy dose of winter blues doesn’t help matters, either. However, staying active during the festive season is good for your health and well-being.

Staying active helps relieve holiday stress and combat winter blues. Exercising triggers your body to release endorphins, the feel-good hormones, which, among other benefits, help fight insomnia and improve self-confidence. A surge of endorphins in your system clears your mind and helps fight depression and anxiety.

Getting your daily dose of feel-good hormones doesn’t require you to leave your home. A five-minute cardio routine in your bedroom can suffice if you don’t feel like walking or jogging in the crisp winter air. You’ll fall fast asleep during bedtime and enjoy quality, restorative sleep daily.

Guard Your Bedtime Routine Jealously

A solid nighttime routine is crucial for getting quality sleep every night, but the holiday excitement can disrupt your routine. The disruption can prevent you from getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily.

A good sleep routine lets you disconnect for your day while allowing your body to relax and unwind. That could be taking a leisurely walk, a luxurious bath, reading a book, mindful meditation, or disconnecting from technology.

Disrupting your sleep cycle for a few days may not seem like a big issue, but it may have far-reaching consequences. You will likely be irritable, stressed, moody, and emotionally distressed if you don’t get your regular hours of sleep. Feeling like this during the holidays can lower the quality of life. Committing to your sleep routine keeps you energetic and bubbly so that you can embody the true holiday spirit

Watch what You Eat and When You Eat

The holiday season may be synonymous with overindulgence, but that’s not always good for you. Although the holiday spread comprises irresistible offerings with your favorite foods, a little restraint goes a long way. Holiday eating often means large meals served late at night with copious amounts of wine or liquor.

While enjoyable, the combination of late-night eating with liquor leads to lowered sleep quality. The heavy meal triggers your body to stay awake, while the alcohol makes you drowsy. Caught between two opposing forces, your body compromises. You’ll fall asleep quickly, but sleep quality is lowered.

Depending on the amount ingested, alcohol lowers sleep quality by 9.3% to 39.2%. Therefore, you’ll not get the restorative sleep your body needs to wake up restful and rejuvenated. Eating light meals in the evening and not consuming alcohol four before bedtime can help you get 7 to 8 hours of restful sleep each night.

Create a Good Ambiance in Your Bedroom

Your bedroom is a haven where all the magical restorative sleep happens. Winter is the best time to upgrade your bedroom to create an ambiance that allows for quality hibernation. A careful selection of lighting fixtures can help you add extra warmth, softness, and coziness to your bedroom.

Use the right combination of colors and materials to turn your bedroom into an oasis of calm, peace, and tranquility. Layering your bedroom with soft neutral colored elements such as throw pillows, bedsheets, and comfy knits creates a welcome feel.

Naturally, the quality of your bedding counts towards getting quality, restful sleep. Ideally, you should opt for fitted bedsheets that fit your sleeping habits and deliver your preferred hand feel. While cotton and linen are the default choices, using fitted bamboo bed sheets can guarantee improved quality sleep. Bamboo sheets offer exceptional breathability, softness, and durability.

Wake Up Rested Each Day this Holiday

Running on fumes towards the tail-end of the year can lead to a bad case of winter blues. Use this holiday season to regroup and recharge in readiness for the new year. Our helpful guide will ensure that you wake up rested each day and make the most of your days during the holidays.

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