The holidays are full of great memories, good food, and lots of exciting events. However, they can also be quite stressful and may even disrupt your sleep. When the stress hormone cortisol levels in the body increase, sleep quality decreases. Fewer Americans are getting the recommended amount of sleep every night, and as we are in the middle of 2021’s holiday season, that number probably will not drop.

 

Sleep and stress levels can impact your overall health – but how do you combat this at the end of the year?

 

If you are concerned about your sleeping habits, you should always contact your primary care services providers first. NeighborMD, which also provides MSO services, is happy to help.

 

The first step in getting better sleep is to check your mattress. It should be relaxing and comfortable and last roughly seven years, so if you notice it bending inward or feeling particularly lumpy, it is time to get a new one.

 

Try to follow through with a consistent sleep schedule. It may be hard with all the activities happening during Christmas time and New Year’s, but sticking to a consistent sleep schedule can help you get eight hours of sleep a night, along with decreasing stress, boosting mood, and staying motivated. Feeling less stressed during the holidays can help you fully enjoy everything going on and look back on this year with fond memories.

 

Make sure you get enough physical activity. At least thirty minutes a day can make a huge difference. It helps reduce stress and anxiety levels. It does not matter if it is in the morning or afternoon, if it is a high-impact workout or a walk, just getting some exercise can help you sleep better.