A guide to holiday sleep
By: Shona Wilkinson
The holiday season is upon us and for many, that means embarking on journeys to visit family or explore new destinations. While the excitement of travel is undeniable, the impact it can have on our sleep is often overlooked. From new surroundings to changes in schedule and diet, various factors can contribute to holiday insomnia. Fear not; with a few mindful strategies, you can ensure a restful night's sleep and make the most of your travels.
Sticking to a routine
One of the challenges of holiday travel is the disruption of our daily routines. However, maintaining a semblance of your regular schedule can significantly contribute to better sleep. If possible, try to stick to your usual bedtime and wake-up times, even if the activities of the day vary. Consistency sends signals to your body that it's time to wind down or wake up, making it easier to adjust to new surroundings. You may be interested in reading 'What is 'social jet lag'?'.
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The culprits: disruptions in diet and schedule
Holiday festivities often go hand-in-hand with indulgence and while delicious, certain foods and drinks can impact your sleep. Excessive alcohol and sugar intake, late-night heavy meals and irregular eating patterns can disrupt your sleep cycle. Limiting these indulgences, especially close to bedtime, can help you achieve better-quality sleep. Continue reading about how your diet can impact your sleep quality and foods that can help you sleep.
Nutrition for jet lag
If your holiday adventures take you across time zones, jet lag may be an unwelcome companion. Adjusting your eating schedule to align with your destination's time zone can help reset your internal clock. Stay hydrated, opt for light, nutritious meals and consider fasting for a short period before your first meal in the new time zone. These strategies can aid in minimising the effects of jet lag on your sleep. Get more essential travel tips.
Tips for better sleep
Create a comfortable sleep environment: Pack familiar sleep aids, like your pillow or a sleep mask, to make your new surroundings feel more like home.
Mind your sleep accessories
Invest in earplugs to drown out unfamiliar sounds that may disrupt your sleep.
Limit screen time
The blue light emitted by electronic devices can interfere with your body's production of melatonin, the sleep hormone. Reduce screen time before bed for a more restful sleep.
Practice relaxation techniques
Incorporate calming activities into your bedtime routine, including reading a book or practicing deep-breathing exercises, to signal to your body that it's time to wind down.
Supplements for sleep
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Getting back on track after the holiday
Returning home after a trip can bring a sense of relief, but readjusting to your normal sleep routine may take some effort. Gradually transition back to your usual bedtime and wake-up times and resist the temptation to oversleep to compensate for any lost rest during your travels. Exposure to natural light and maintaining a consistent schedule will help your body re-establish its natural sleep-wake cycle.
Holiday sleep doesn't have to be an elusive dream. By prioritising your routine, being mindful of your diet and schedule and implementing practical tips for better sleep, you can ensure that your travels are not only memorable but also well-rested.
Sweet dreams and safe travels!
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