4. Alcohol in Moderation
It’s easy to get carried away with eating and drinking during the festive season, but making mindful choices is important to maintaining your sleep health this holiday season. If you’re drinking rum and eggnog or any other fun alcoholic holiday beverage, it may help you fall asleep quickly, but alcoholic drinks will disturb your rest and diminishes the quality of your sleep.
Alcohol can also make an existing sleep disorder worse. If you have obstructive sleep apnea your symptoms can get worse from drinking alcohol. Alcohol relaxes the muscles in the throat, allowing these muscles to more easily fall back into the airway during sleep and cause obstructions. Even if you don’t have sleep apnea, alcohol can make you snore louder and disrupt your bed-partner’s sleep. To manage the season, drink one glass of water for every glass of holiday cheer. Drinking water will slow down your drinking and prevent you from getting dehydrated. Also try to avoid drinking approximately 2-3 hours before bedtime for best sleep results.