Everyone’s favourite season is in full swing! Christmas lights, delicious food with family and friends, and hanging stockings are all part of this wonderful time of year. All those late night by the crackling fire, not to mention that legendary office party can lead to missed sleep that your body NEEDS to be in the best possible shape. Here are the Snore MD 5 tips to keep you cheery through the holidays!
Get Some Fresh Air!
It may be a bit rainy, but a short walk outside before or after the daily festivities will help your body maintain a healthy circadian rhythm, leading to a healthier deeper sleep. Get out and build that Snowman!
Its a well known fact that this is one of the busiest times of the year! Getting the kids ready for their plays, decorating for your guests, not to mention shopping! Jump start your packed days by planning ahead, make a list of the most important tasks, and realize that you can’t do it all! Stress can ruin the deep sleep your body needs, so spend time on only the most important parts of your holiday season!
Keep a sleep schedule
It’s not easy this time of year to get the needed 8 hours, but make it a priority to carve out a healthy eight hours every night. Schedule yourself with flexibility, and make it a goal to not stay up later than 1 hour later than your normal bedtime. If you are travelling like Santa’s sleigh across time zones, make an effort to add at least 1 hour of extra sleep!
Don’t Stop Exercising!
Regular exercise is one of the pillars of healthy living, and it may be extra hard to find the time during the holiday season but sticking to a fitness regimen is a great way to clear your head of the holiday stress and ensure you are on the healthiest path possible for a great 2019!
Watch what you eat and drink!
The holiday season is a great time to indulge in the sweet treats that accompany this time of the year, but always make an effort to limit what you eat. Watch your sugar intake (Peppermint Mocha anyone?) and look for reduced sugar options when possible. While that second Egg Nog is tempting, ingesting large amounts of sugar, especially before bed, can have negative effects on the quality of sleep you have.
At Snore MD, quality sleep is our passion. We hope from our family to yours, you have a beautiful holiday season filled with love and great sleep! If you or a loved one wants to learn more about how Snore MD can help you get the best sleep possible, please stop into any one of our sleep clinics.
About the author:
Michael Davis is Snore MD's Director of Optimal Patient Care and community awareness. Driven by a passion for quality of everyday life, Michael became a Respiratory Therapist in 2009 with the goal of helping Canadians sleep better. With experience in critical care medicine, sleep medicine and pulmonary disorders, Michael leads a team of 15 skilled Sleep Clinicians and Respiratory Therapists to help thousands of British Columbians Sleep Better - Live Better.