The Sleep Guide: Which Iconic Christmas Character Do You Sleep Like?
'Tis the season to be jolly, deck the halls with boughs of holly…and sleep! Whether you’re lying on your back, craving a midnight snack, or have your sleep routine perfected, how you sleep says a lot about you.
Binging every Christmas special on Netflix has got us thinking about all those iconic characters. From the Grinch to Santa Claus himself, could their characteristics relate to how we sleep? Sip some eggnog and find out what Christmas character you sleep like.
The Grinch: Grumpy Sleeper
Like the Grinch who hated the Whos down in Whoville, you hate waking up in the morning. Like his heart, your bed is 2 sizes too small. Just like his closest buddy was his dog Max, yours is the snooze button on your alarm.
Whether it’s because of the Monday blues or waking up on the wrong side of the bed, follow these tips to make your mornings better:
- Don’t rush your wake up – Prepare your clothes, lunch, and schedule the night before
- Got to sleep on time – Stick to your regular routine. A well-rested body reduces uneasiness in the morning
- Wake up earlier – Set your alarm 30 minutes early and enjoy a cup of coffee or even go for a jog around the block. Your muscles and brain will thank you for the jumpstart to your busy day
Rudolph: Nightlight Sleeper
Got a very shiny nightlight you would even say that glows? Though it’s recommended to sleep with the lights out, some of us like a dim strobe in the bedroom. Late night bathroom trips are never dark and foggy with your nightlight guiding you, but it might keep you up when you’re trying to sleep.
To keep it from interrupting your sleep, we suggest keeping the light away from the bed but in a spot that can help light your path, like in the bathroom outlet or in a corner away from your peripheral vision.
The Gingerbread Man: Midnight Snacker
Run, run as fast you can to the fridge! You can’t help yourself from the late night bingeing. Unfortunately, late night snacking can result in a lot of weight gain because most of the time you’re eating the unhealthy foods you love the most, like the leftover cookies from Grandma’s Christmas party.
Some tips to curb the midnight cravings:
- Plan an activity after dinner – Something simple like walking the dog or relaxing on the sofa with a good book can keep you from the pantry and help you sleep more soundly
- Stock the fridge with smart foods – Stay away from buying cookies and candies at the store
- Eat the right dinner – Make sure to get plenty of protein and fiber so you’re full and not craving more
Frosty the Snowman: Chill Sleeper
A blizzard is raging outside and you’ve transformed your bedroom into the North Pole. Your fan is blowing, your blankets are thin, and you’re even thinking of opening the windows—brrr!
Sleeping cold is your go-to happy place, but you might regret your frosty choice if you wake up shivering. Try adjusting your routine to keep comfortable in the middle of the night. Keep a blanket nearby. Crack the window open (instead of flinging it wide). Set the thermostat at a constant temp of 69 degrees Fahrenheit, or even better—if you have a timer, set it for late night cooling down or warming up.
The Heat Miser: Hot sleeper
You’re Frosty’s worst nightmare. Do you wake up in a sweat or find yourself red from the intolerable heat from sleeping? No one wants to be a Heat Miser, so try cooling down like the Snow Miser.
To help with the heat:
- Use cotton sheets – They’re breathable and promote ventilation and air flow through the night
- Swap out your pillow – Choose a smaller and softer pillow that allows more air circulation around your head.
- Get a temperature-controlled mattress – Try a gel-based mattress, which helps keep your bed cool. Restonic mattresses contain Outlast, a NASA-developed temperature-controlling system that regulates temperature to adjust to the body’s microclimate for your comfort. When it’s too warm, Outlast absorbs and stores the excess heat.
Santa Claus: Barely-a-Sleeper
Like Santa you’re on a tight schedule – making a list and checking it twice. With kids, work, traveling, and holiday activities, there’s no time to waste. To make the most of the holidays, do you also know how to prioritize shut-eye? It’s your job to make sure you know when you’re going to be sleeping and know when you’re going to be awake.
Try planning out a consistent sleep routine that you can easily stick to, especially with days off work and the kids roaming free at home. That will turn you into a holly jolly sleeper!
This blog was originally published on Restonic.com and does not provide medical advice. It is intended for general informational purposes only and does not address individual circumstances. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment and should not be relied on to make decisions about your health. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on Restonic.com. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
Surprised by your Christmas sleep character?
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