Jersey, people lose sleep when they’re ‘home for the holidays’

So it seems counterproductive to want to celebrate the holidays but lose sleep in the process? It’s interesting that as we approach Thanksgiving this week, people are actually losing sleep just because they’re home for the holidays, so how’s that?

For me, going to bed early is back to a Thanksgiving tradition. We’re so excited to be back with you again this Black Friday for early shopping at the beautiful Ocean County Mall on Hooper Avenue in Toms River. We will be at “Center Court On Location” from 6am when the doors open, so please come down (PJ optional) and join us for some holiday fun.

Okay, I’m getting off topic, but my point is that on Thanksgiving Eve I have to be in bed early to be ready for the 4am wake-up call. However, many lose sleep on Thanksgiving. According to a new survey by sleep foundation, “US adults lose an average of 11 minutes and 14 seconds of sleep every Thanksgiving, according to a survey. According to respondents (34.7%), stress and anxiety were the most common reasons for sleep disorders.”

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Unsplash.com Alexandra Gorn

Take a look at the results of the SleepFoundation.Org. There are different categories and whether you gain or lose sleep. Key findings from the study include:

  • 36% of respondents say they drink more alcohol than usual on Thanksgiving
  • Respondents lose 20 minutes of sleep when staying with relatives over the holidays
  • 51.2% say excessive eating and drinking helps them sleep better

Sleep Foundation / Data wrapper

Sleep Foundation / Data wrapper

Stress and anxiety seem to be the number one reason for insomnia, and this seems totally “anti-holiday.” I have a “no stress” policy at home for the holidays. It’s easy, I don’t have time for this, I just turn it off. I’ll admit I might get a little stressed when the Cowboys beat the Giants on Thanksgiving but I got over even the “sport” stress lol it’s just not worth it “you win some, you lose some” .

Here are some additional tips for enjoying your Thanksgiving holiday from the article:

“Limit large meals and alcohol, and get exercise and fresh air, especially before bed,” says Dr. Dimitriu. He also advises staying hydrated and avoiding caffeine after lunch. Planning is key for vacation hosts, says Dr. Holliday-Bell, even if it means making time for the inevitable chaos. It’s also important to let others know when you’re feeling tired. “To make others aware [sleep is] Something you prioritize can help them adjust their expectations,” she says. “When everyone is more rested and has more energy, all of those things can make everyone happier.”

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Unsplash.com Sebastian Coman Photography

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