Sleep Hygiene for the Holidays
Watch out for the Egg Nog Nightcap
If you’re drinking eggnog with alcohol, spiced rum, or any other fun alcoholic holiday beverage, it may make you fall asleep quickly, but it also prevents you from reaching deep sleep. To help, drink one glass of water for every glass of holiday cheer. Drinking water will slow down your drinking and prevent you from getting dehydrated. Dehydration is the reason you get a hangover!
Extra Tip: Drink coconut water before bed to replace minerals that alcohol flushes out of your system.
Wean the Holiday Bean
While there are some great holiday coffees to try (think pumpkin spice latte and gingerbread mocha), the sleep you get after drinking caffeine is poor quality sleep. To prevent this I recommend caffeine fading. Drink higher caffeine beverages in the morning and choose lower caffeine drinks in the midafternoon. Ideally, switch completely to water by 2:00 or 3:00 pm. While many of my patients tell me they can drink an espresso and go to bed, they find they sleep much better …