Setting up for Great Sleep During the Holidays

Setting up for Great Sleep During the Holidays

’Tis the season of nonstop to-do’s, so here’s how to get some rest.


Think about the holidays — cosy gatherings, a roaring fire, hot chocolate and real, quality time with your family. It’s the best-case scenario, yes, but it is possible! While you may face a marathon of to-do’s during the last month of the year, you can be your energetic can-do self as long as you get your rest.

When it comes to falling asleep, what you do before you climb into bed can make a big difference. The sights, sounds and even smells in your bedroom are known to affect how you feel about sleep, as well as the quality of your sleep throughout the night. Sure, gingerbread smells delicious and is definitely a homey smell, but it might not be conducive to sleep.

While every day during the holidays is different, there are some things you can do to get the optimal sleep conditions every night: create a bedroom environment for optimal sleep and set up a nightly routine that allows your body to wind down and signals your brain that sleep is near. Customize the plan in a way that works best for you, but remember that the more consistently you follow your routine, the more effective it will be. You can even use these ideas after the season. Whether you have a fire going or the air conditioner on full blast, these tips will help you get the sleep you need to face the day that’s coming.

Uncluttered Space
Keep your room uncluttered and visually pleasing. It’s easy to let piles of papers, scraps of wrapping paper and clothes accumulate in the bedroom, but you want your sleep space to evoke calm, not remind you of your to-do lists. Take time to arrange the furniture and design your bedroom so you feel relaxed when you enter. (Which might prevent some string-lights from being hung outside the window, but it’s for the best!)

Comfortable Feel
The materials in your sleep space surround you all night long, so their touch and scent are important. Choose sheets, pillowcases, and pyjamas that are comfortable on your skin. Keep these materials clean (we recommend washing them once a week), and try soaps with different scents to find the ones that are most pleasant for you. You could try misting Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedding Refresher on your sheets help create a calming and relaxing environment as you slowly wind down from the day.

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Cool Fresh Air
Keeping your room cooler than you might have it during the winter months (around 20 degrees C). This temperature actually helps your body wind down for sleep. Since a heater could push out some stale air, try Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Mist. Sprayed around your room, it can waft around to maintain your perfect bedroom atmosphere.

Lights Down
Your body is exquisitely attuned to light cues, so be conscious about light sources inside and outside your bedroom. Have a dim lamp in your room to use before bed, and cover or turn off any lights from electronics within the bedroom. Use darkening shades or curtains to block streetlights and early morning sunrays. To complement optimal lighting for a complete relaxing environment, Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Diffuser and Febreze Sleep Serenity Bedroom Diffuser provides alternating scents at regular intervals so that your brain continues to register and react positively to the sleep-enhancing scents.

Electronic-free
It’s easy to get caught up searching, reading, checking the progress of a gift you bought online and sending messages on electronic devices, but these activities tend to energize, not relax, your mind. Keep your computer and television out of your bedroom. Falling asleep while watching television can disrupt sleep, especially if you have to wake up to turn it off and resettle yourself for sleep. If you use your phone as an alarm clock, avoid engaging with it during the night if you wake up.

Fill the Air
Incorporate fragrance into your bedtime routine to help you relax and unwind. Air fresheners like Febreze/Ambi Pur Sleep Serenity Collection’s scents in Quiet Jasmine, Moonlit Lavender and Warm Milk & Honey help create a soothing bedtime atmosphere. The products eliminate odours and fill the bedroom with long-lasting, relaxing scents that don’t overpower the room. The variety of product forms means there’s a perfect solution for you.

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