How To Get On Your Sleep Schedule After The Holidays

December 28, 2017

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There's a good chance you are enjoying some much deserved time off from work and with all this time to be off the clock there's a good chance your sleeping habits have changed too.  From traveling to sleeping in it can be a challenge to get back in the routine after the New Year celebrations are over.  So here is some advice from a sleep expert on how to get back on track with your sleep.  If you've done some traveling and are a bit jet-lagged, you can ease back into your sleep schedule by by going to bed a little earlier or a little later depending on which direction you traveled.  Just make sure you wake up at the same time.  As for getting back on track after leisurely sleeping in on vacation, start by disconnecting from technology about an hour before you want to go to bed.  That hour should help your mind unwind and your normal sleeping cycle should easily return. If you consume a little too much bubbly for New Year’s celebrations, remember to not depend on alcohol as a way to fall asleep as it can play havoc with your sleep cycles. Simply avoid caffeine after about noon and alcohol at least 3-4 hours before bedtime. If you're still amped up over the holidays try creating a stress free bedroom.  Move your phone and other devices that normally charge on your night stand out of the room 9at least for a while) and use an old wind-up alarm clock to wake you instead of your phone.  That way your mind can unwind. So bookmark this page and return to it when your vacation is up and it's time to return to regular life.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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