Survive the party season and make it through to the 25th in good health and good spirits by following a few simple tips.
December is the month of Christmas parties, going out too much, spending too much, overeating, overdrinking and EXCESS. Everything we do, we push to the limit. There is only one thing we scrimp on at this time of year - sleep - and by Christmas day we often feel ready to crawl into bed with the sheer exhaustion of it all. But it is possible to survive the party season and make it through to the 25th in good health and good spirits by following a few simple tips.
1. Christmas celebrations:
Try to ensure you get a good night’s sleep the night before your Christmas party. Not only will this ensure you are glowing on the big day with the radiance of somebody who has got all their beauty sleep, but it will partially offset any sleep deficit you get on the night of your Christmas celebrations.
2. Make sure the bed bugs don't bite:
Although it’s tempting to go out every night in December, getting enough sleep will help you fight off all of the bugs and germs that appear at this time of year. The Sleep Foundation says ‘while more sleep won’t necessarily prevent you from getting sick, skimping on it could adversely affect your immune system, leaving you susceptible to a bad cold or case of the flu’. They also recommend fitting in naps to catch up on sleep if you have been out late the night before.
3. Prepare, prepare, prepare:
If you know you are going to be out late, prepare your bedroom before you leave in case you simply crash into bed when you get home. Pull your blinds or curtains or leave an eye mask on your pillow so you can sleep in maximum darkness - this will ensure you don’t get woken up before you are ready by the sun rising or any ambient light. Set your alarm before you go out so you don’t sleep through your normal waking hour. Drinking alcohol can cause night sweats in some people so make sure your bedroom isn’t too warm and leave a glass of water by your bedside to rehydrate you.
4. Wake up on time:
It is best to try to stick to your normal waking up time if possible, even if you’ve had a late night, because sleeping in late can disrupt your circadian rhythm. It is better to have a short nap in the afternoon if you really need one - taking one in the early to mid afternoon is best of up to 30 minutes (taking a nap later in the day might make it difficult to go to sleep at your normal bedtime). If you are still tired, go to bed earlier in the evenings to try to catch up on some of your sleep debt until you are back in a normal cycle of seven to nine hours sleep every night.
5. Recover fast and get yourself back to normal:
The day after your Christmas party is all about making the quickest recovery possible - the quicker you feel better, the more likely you are to return to good habits like eating well, exercising and getting enough sleep. Although you may feel like a greasy fry-up, evidence shows that eating porridge with honey may be a better option as the complex carbohydrates provide a slow and steady release of sugar into the bloodstream and some studies have shown that honey can relieve hangover symptoms. Drinking plenty of water, or eating fruit like watermelon which has a high water content is also a good way of counteracting the dehydration. Getting out into the fresh air also helps, so as soon as you can lift yourself off the sofa, it’s worth trying to go for a walk around the block to blow away the cobwebs.