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How to Combat Holiday Stress with Restful Sleep

by Pam Silvia

Even the "most wonderful time of the year" can be emotionally taxing. After all, ‘tis the season for endless family visits, packed department stores, long lines at the grocery counter and frightful weather, so trust us when we say: we don’t blame you if you’re looking to get some extra shuteye. Take a load off on top of one of our premier-line mattresses—and all your troubles will be miles away.

“Bah, humbug!”

Holiday stress can take a toll on sleep quality and duration, which, if inadequate, can have a severe impact on your physical and mental health. In some cases, it can turn your mood sour à la Ebenezer Scrooge. So, this season, we implore you to aim for 8 hours of sleep per night, no matter how mythical that prospect may seem. In other words, you have a valid excuse for when you’d like to excuse yourself from that obligatory holiday party early. Oh, and put down that peppermint mocha if it’s past 8 p.m.—for deep sleep, it is imperative that you avoid caffeine as it gets closer to bedtime.

And yes, while midday naps can help boost your mood and seemingly replenish your energy tank, we would advise against using long naps to supplement nighttime sleep. Instead, we recommend taking short 20–30-minute naps, which is enough time to improve your mood, alertness and performance on days you’re feeling extra sleep-deprived—without enabling an unhealthy sleep pattern.

Wake up feeling merry and bright

But really, this is all a preamble to say, it all starts with the right mattress! Stop by any of our Mattress Land locations to try our computerized test bed. Our exclusive BedFIT technology will precisely read your body’s pressure and alignment points to provide an array of mattress, pillow and foundation options. In the season of giving and receiving, you can expect optimal support from our SleepFit line of mattresses that will match the support you provide to loved ones year-round.

So, good night, sleep tight: don’t let the “bah, humbugs” bite!