With your kids’ Christmas breaks coming just around the corner, we’re sure they are looking forward to sleeping in and not having to rush out the door for a couple of weeks. But did you know that all the excitement the most wonderful time of the year can bring and your family plenty of stress that can affect your melatonin levels as well? Don’t let your lack of sleep let you say bah humbug this year, and take it from one of the best mattress stores in San Diego!

Managing the holidays

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or a birthday this December, you may find yourself overwhelmed with all the planning you find on your to-do list. It might as well be longer than your child’s gift list to Santa Claus.  Did you know that a study conducted in 2018 found that 53% of parents in America have reported losing sleep due to “holiday” stress? Fortunately, whether you are traveling out of state to grandma’s house or having a staycation, there is a way to strategically manage your stress and enjoy this time of year, and the mattress store in San Diego can help you with that!

Your holiday diet

According to the Iowa Sleep Center, many festive foods and beverages may negatively impact your quality of sleep. While they are usually okay in moderation, some of them are high in caffeine and sugar, which can make it harder to fall asleep and even spoil your mood. If you have a history of sleep or mood disorders when you are gathered with your family and other loved ones, you may want to consider limiting your intake of such products.

Money, money, money

You might get a little bit of cash for Christmas (whoo hoo!), but let’s be real – the holidays can also make your wallet weep when purchasing presents for your family. Consider creating a budget for yourself for some peace of mind so that you can sleep well at night knowing you planned well. You may also want to consider doing a Secret Santa event for the whole family. For example, if you are a family of 5, get a bowl and some paper and put each person’s name inside. Have each family member draw a name from the bowl, and they will be the person to get their present for the year. Choose a maximum limit (e.g. $25) for the cost of the gifts. Your bank and your mental health will thank you!

Final Word

If you or a member of your family is a high school or a college student, then you are more than familiar with all-nighters and cramming for that dreaded final biology exam. Students may prioritize their marks over their sleep, drinking endless lattes from the Starbucks in the student center. In fact, the Sleep Foundation reports that less than 10 percent of university students get the full 8 hours of sleep they need during finals week. Be smart about planning your time ahead while you study for exams. Schedule your homework ahead of time and take proper breaks so that you will have more time and energy to ace that test.

And if you decide you need to be your own Santa Claus this year, you definitely won’t want to miss out on our amazing end-of-the-year deals here from your friends at Mattress Sale Liquidators, your one-stop San Diego mattress store. Go ahead and treat yourself to better sleep in 2022 – you deserve it!