Happy Independence Day! July 4th brings so many fun activities for you and your family to enjoy. Whether it’s enjoying the holiday at the pool, the lake, or a backyard BBQ with friends and family, there is something for everyone to do. With that being said, we know the last thing you want to be doing on this holiday is worrying about sleep, so we’ve put together a few tips on how to maximize the fun of the holiday, while still keeping in mind the struggles of sleeping.
As much as we love the beauty and patriotism of fireworks, we know that loud booming can have an affect on the quality of sleep you’re getting. Enjoy the fireworks while it is dark outside, but tune in early enough so you’re not up all night watching the sky lit up. Even though you may try to tune in at your normal hour, that does not mean the rest of the world will. Excess noise can disrupt your rest, in this case fireworks. Now how can you try to keep the sleep quality you are used to on a normal night, you may ask? Try to increase the white nose levels in the areas you are sleeping. You don’t necessarily have to run out and buy a white noise maker, a fan, your regular air conditioner or an air purifier can work just fine. If even adding a little white noise won’t work, try buying a pair of earplugs so you are sure to maximize your sleep quality.
A great thing about holidays is that most people have off work! Take advantage of this different schedule by sleeping in or catching up on rest, just not too late! Most of us can be a little over-worked during the week, and having a nice break in the middle of the week can absolutely help with catching up on some sleep, for you and your family.
With that being said, don’t overdo it. Sleeping in too late can mess with your circadian rhythm and therefor make it more difficult to fall asleep that night. Try allowing yourself an extra hour in bed, that way you can get some extra sleep in that you may normally not be able to do, but you won’t wake up feeling groggy the next day, or find yourself tossing and turning that night trying to fall asleep.
Enjoy this holiday with friends and family, while also not ruining your sleep schedule completely.