10 Tips to Get More Sleep During the Holidays

10 Tips to Get More Sleep During the Holidays

Fighting insomnia brought on by the holidays? Here’s how to fight back.

We know, we know. You’ve heard it time and time again: Get at least seven or eight hours of sleep for a good night’s rest. But for some, it’s hard to get that much needed shut eye. According to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF), approximately 30 per cent of Canadians get less than seven hours sleep a night.

Add in a season marked by a long list of to-do’s and stress, and you’ll have a couple months of less-than optimal sleep patterns that can drain you by the time the new year comes around. Febreze has partnered with the NSF to help people clock in those Z’s — whether it’s during the holidays or beyond.

Below are a few tips for your bedtime routine that will have you counting sheep in no time:

1. Establish a Regular Bedtime
Try to go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day, even on the weekends. Trying to catch up on sleep on the weekends can actually have a reverse effect on the body, and make you feel more tired when Monday rolls around.

2. Prepare for Bedtime
Establish a relaxing bedtime routine in which you unwind and prepare your body for sleep. Do something calming such as reading or listening to music. Take your favourite book and read by the fire!

3. Create a Sleep Haven
Create an environment that promotes sleep — one that is quiet, dark, cool and comfortable. Fresh sheets, cooling pillows and black out shades seem to do the trick. That means you might have to skip hanging the lights around your windowsill this year — but you’ll thank yourself in the morning.

4. Fill the Air
Incorporate fragrance into your bedtime routine to help relax and unwind. Febreze Sleep

Serenity collection’s calming scents in Quiet Jasmine, Moonlit Lavender and Warm Milk & Honey help create a soothing bedtime atmosphere. It eliminates odours and fills the bedroom with long-lasting, relaxing scents that don’t overpower the room. Available in a bedside diffuser, bedroom mist, bedroom diffuser, or bedding refresher, the variety of options allows you to find the perfect scent-enhancing solution for you to create a more peaceful and relaxing bedtime atmosphere.


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5. Get Some Sun
According to the National Sleep Foundation, getting sun exposure in the morning sun for at least 30 minutes will cue your body to induce sleep at the right time of night. Although it might be cold (We’re looking at you, Winnipeg.), a little outside time with the kids could be good for the whole pack!

6. Avoid Daytime Naps
However, if you must nap, limit it to 30-60 minutes so you don’t wake up groggy or have trouble falling asleep at the appropriate time later.

7. Gadget Free
The stimuli of electronics will keep your mind active and prevent your body from switching to sleep mode, and the light emitted from screens may be alerting. Power down and try reading instead.

8. Exercising
Working out is one of the best things you can do to help your sleep. Exercise anytime, as long as it doesn’t cut into sleep time. Also take note that getting a rush of endorphins from exercise later in the evening might even keep you up. As always, though, make sure you get the all-clear from your doctor before starting any new regimens.

9. Watch Out for Caffeine
Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks such as coffee, tea and soft drinks after noon. Caffeine-free herbal tea or the standby of warm milk are great options prior to bedtime — just deny yourself the temptation of having the cookies with the milk, too!

10. Midnight Snacks
Avoid heavy meals late at night. If you’re hungry before bed, have a light, healthy snack.

Do you have any tried and true tips? Let us know in the comments section below!

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