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'TIS THE SEASON TO BE SLEEPING

Stressed out during the holidays? Check out Sit 'n Sleep's guide on how to maintain your sanity during this nerve-racking time of year. You might find out the best way to get through it is to sleep through it!

The holidays have arrived and while it's supposed to be a time of joy and celebration with family and friends, it's also known to stress people out. Whether it's the slowly mounting credit card bills, travel plans, dealing with family members or just having too many social functions - the holidays can be full of restless nights. Never fear, we've put together a list of Sit 'n Sleep-approved sleep tips so this holiday season you have no trouble settling down for a long winter's nap.

Alcohol

The holidays are a time to celebrate and that can mean taking a few swigs of eggnog or having a little too much bubbly on New Year's Eve. Most people think that alcohol is great for getting a good night's rest, because it makes them relaxed and drowsy. However, what most people don't know is that it will later affect your ability to achieve the quality sleep that occurs during your deepest sleep cycles. Two to three hours after you've had your last drink and are fast asleep, you will experience what's called "rebound wakefulness" in which the signs of an early hangover begins to take place.

Traveling

Whether it's getting up at the crack of dawn to catch a plane, having a restless night trying to sleep in mid-air or sleeping on an unfamiliar mattress at your in-laws, traveling can wreak havoc on your ability to catch some quality ZZZ's. One way to help yourself fall asleep in these uncomfortable situations is to bring something familiar with you like a comfortable pillow. The Latex Restora Pillow has a firm, resilient feel for those who prefer more support. It is recommended for side and back sleepers and can help you get comfortable in the most uncomfortable of places, i.e. a tiny plane cabin or the kid's bedroom at your in-law's.

The Weather

The holidays fall during one of the coldest times of the year. There can be nothing more comfortable than lighting up the fireplace, pulling on your favorite pair of pajama's and snuggling beneath a warm comforter. But, did you know that being too warm can make it difficult for your body to fall asleep? Your natural internal rhythms begin to cool your body 45 minutes before you actually begin to feel sleepy. This decrease in temperature is part of your body preparing for sleep. Keeping yourself too warm works against your body's natural inclination to cool down, so for optimal shut eye, try keeping your room below 70°F.

Waiting Up for Santa

For those of you who have little ones and celebrate Christmas, Christmas Eve is a very exciting night for a child. They love to try and stay up all night, intently listening for the arrival of jolly 'ol St. Nick or the scuttle of reindeer hooves on the rooftop. Here's a few tips to make sure your kids get to sleep at a reasonable hour on Christmas Eve:

  • Wake them a bit earlier on the morning of Christmas Eve. That way, they'll be more tired come bed time.
  • Give them a glass of milk before bed. Dairy products contain tryptophan which is a chemical that helps you fall asleep.