Sleep Tips for Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up in just a few short days. Maybe you are planning on gathering with loved ones and eating a big dinner complete with turkey and pumpkin pie. Or perhaps you are keeping the celebrations low key this year, but still plan on indulging in a delicious meal.

Whatever your plans are, it is important to note that many people experience disruptions in their sleep around Thanksgiving. This is caused by many things including over-eating, drinking too much, or a disruption in your routine from traveling and/or gathering with other people. Here are a few tips for getting a good night’s sleep during Thanksgiving.

Pace yourself at dinner: Over-eating is very common at Thanksgiving, and there are many people who find themselves unable to sleep as a result. After all, the food is just too delicious! But eating too much can cause insomnia and other sleeping problems. Keep your portions on the smaller side and stop eating when you feel full.

Keep your nap short: While turkey has been known to make people feel sleepy, it may not necessarily be the only reason you may have an urge to nap after the big meal. Digesting a large meal can take a lot of energy, which may have you feeling the need to nap during the day. If you absolutely need to take a nap, keep it under 30 minutes and try and do so earlier in the day, so that it doesn’t interfere with bedtime.

Limit alcohol: Many people tend to drink alcohol a little more than normal at Thanksgiving. There is nothing wrong with indulging in a few beverages but be smart about it. Drinking too much can interfere with your sleep cycle and cause a restless night. Enjoy a beverage or two but drink water throughout the day to help you stay hydrated.

Get exercise: A walk after dinner can not only promote family bonding time, but it can also help to promote good digestion to help you sleep better. Exercise also helps your body’s internal clock to wind down once it is bedtime.

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