During the holidays, the whole family’s routine can change. Children and teens are home from school, there are fewer hours of daylight, and families travel to visit loved ones. The changing weather can also make it more difficult to spend time outdoors and exercise. With all these changes, one thing should stay constant: healthy sleep habits.
Whether you spend the holidays at your home or away, there are things you can do this season to be your Best Slept Self™.
- Set a sleep schedule. Wake up and go to bed at the same time every day, even on the weekends. Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night and children and teens need 8-11 hours.
- Make a sleep-friendly bedroom. Sleep in a darkened, quiet room and keep the room temperature between 60 to 67 degrees. You might also need to change your sheets or blankets to fit the weather.
- Maintain healthy habits. Spend some time outside each day to get sunlight exposure. Exercising can also promote better sleep. Finish eating and drinking 2-3 hours before you go to bed.
Celebrate sleep this holiday season by practicing healthy sleep habits with the whole family!