It’s that time of the year again when most of us willingly stay up all night long to celebrate the holidays with our loved ones. If you’ve built up a pretty solid sleep schedule by now, this season would also mean that you’ll have to make important decisions that will affect your sleep.
In all honesty, it will be hard to stick with your regular sleep schedule with how we celebrate the holidays as Filipinos. It will be nearly impossible to go to bed before midnight if you’re going to visit family and relatives in the province. The whole point of going home is to indulge and spend time with family, so why would you want to hit the sack before the party even starts? Also, that will be impossible to do since your family will most likely won’t let you do it.
So what can you do if you don’t want to end up struggling with sleep debt by the time 2019 rolls around? Here are a few tricks that you can try:
Learn when to say no.
You don’t have to be present or stay til the wee hours of the morning at every holiday party in your work, neighborhood, or friend groups. Learn to prioritize which parties you want to enjoy the entirety of and which ones you should bow out from early on or entirely. This way, you won’t have to miss hours of sleep on most evenings and weekends.
Don’t be over enthusiastic when sleeping in.
We usually think that it’s okay to stay up til late during the holidays since we don’t really have to be anywhere by the next morning. However, as what we always say about sleeping in, it’s not great if you want to regulat your sleeping schedule. The most you should do is 30 mins to an hour or it will throw off your body clock.
If you’re really sleepy, you can always take a nap in the afternoon. Just make sure not to do it later than 3 PM because doing so will also affect your internal body clock.
Get ready to work on your sleep schedule again after the holidays.
It will be nearly impossible for your sleep schedule to come out unscathed from the holiday season, so it’s best to be mentally prepared to work on it again after the festivities. However, this doesn’t mean that you can just completely change your sleep pattern. Doing so will definitely make it harder for you to get back on track again.
The holidays are fun and exciting but it’s not always the best season for your sleep. So if you like how well-rested you can be with ample zzz’s, you might want to try out our tips above and give your healthy sleep hygiene a fighting chance in surviving the end-of-year festivities.