The holidays are here and they’ve brought cold weather with them. Between the stress of the season and the lower temperatures, it can get hard to relax, let go of stress, and rest. Here are some ideas to help you get the sleep you need even when the weather and the ToDo list makes that difficult.
Find Time for Things You Love
Whether you need to hit that hot yoga class, cook your favorite Christmas cookies, or take a walk outside, making time for the things you love will lower your stress level. When that’s lower, you will get better sleep. It can be hard to take time for yourself with so much going on, but it will definitely pay off!
It’s almost impossible to sleep when you’re too cold! To stay warm when you’re trying to sleep, get a space heater for your bedroom. This means that you don’t have to pay to heat your whole home just to sleep well at night. You can also pile some festive blankets and afghans on your bed so you can find that just right combination.
Speaking of your bed, some mattresses are warmer than others. Memory foam is known for holding in heat. This heat helps it conform to your body, which means it’s extra comfortable, too. If you need to stay warm, your mattress may be the place to start.
Find Your Center
Just because things are crazy doesn’t mean there’s no time for meditation. In fact, the crazier things get, the more you should meditate! Meditation has been shown to make people less stressed and anxious, which means that you will sleep better and enjoy your holiday season more when you practice it. Even ten minutes a day can make a huge difference.
Make Your Room Cozy
It will be easier to sleep in your bedroom if it is cozy. Keep it tidy, and design it in such a way that it feels warm and inviting. Soft, dim lights, fuzzy blankets on the floor, and a calming color scheme can to far towards helping you rest. Even if you don’t want to make major changes right now, adding some extra pillows or blankets to the bed can give the room a softer, more welcoming, feel.
Don’t let the cold and stress get to you this winter! Gear up for the holidays by getting plenty of sleep.
Alicia Sanchez is a researcher for the sleep science hub Tuck.com with a specialty in health and wellness. A Nashville native, Alicia finds the sound of summer storms so soothing that she still sleeps with recorded rain on her white noise machine.
Tuck Sleep Foundation is a community devoted to improving sleep hygiene, health and wellness through the creation and dissemination of comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources. Tuck has been featured on NPR, Lifehacker, Radiolab and is referenced by many colleges/universities and sleep organizations across the web.