How to Fall Asleep on Christmas Eve Without Any Medicine

Do you have trouble falling asleep on Christmas Eve, but don't want to take sleeping pills or other medication? You are not alone!


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    On 23 December, stay up late. Figure on at least two hours past the time you normally go to sleep.
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    On 24 December, wake up around two hours earlier than usual. You'll be tired from staying up late, but resist the temptation to sleep in. That will only make it harder come nighttime!
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    Stay busy all day. Do your parents need help cleaning the house? Do you need to take a walk to get away from your excited kids? Do you need anything at the store? Offer to run any errands anyone needs done, do as many household chores as you can, and entertain any small children.
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    Get at least 30 minutes of exercise, but do it in the morning or early afternoon. Exercise will help you sleep later, but if you do it too close to bedtime it will wake you up more.
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    After 1 pm stop to sugar and caffeine intake. That means soda, coffee, cookies, cakes, and sweets.
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    Two hours before you normally go to bed, turn the tv and computer off. It's tempting to sit in the dark and watch Christmas films, and many people believe it helps them to fall asleep. But the truth is they're stimulants. Either may eventually help you relax, but if the tv or computer are on, you'll end up staying awake much longer than you would without them.
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    Take a long hot bath or shower. Use calming scents, nothing citrus. Take as long as you like, or at least as long as you can if your family objects.
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    Change into your most comfortable pyjamas, no matter how ratty and ugly they are. You can always change in the morning, right now comfort should be your top priority.
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    Make yourself a steamer or glass of warm milk. Though a steamer does have sugar in it, it shouldn't be enough to keep you awake. Don't have hot chocolate or coffee or tea - even decaf.
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    Turn on a lamp near your bed and turn all the other lights in the room off.
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    Get a nonfiction book. If you're a student, textbooks will work great for this as long as you don't count it as actual study time. Fiction is often more fun, but it will stimulate you just like the tv or computer would, and you'll stay up longer.
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    Settle into bed, drink your drink, and read your book. After about 15 minutes or when your eyelids start to droop, turn out the light, set the book aside, and lie down. Breathe slowly and deeply, and count backwards from 100, going only one number for each breath.
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    If you reach 0, lie still a few minutes. It's hard but try your best not to think about Christmas. Remember your favorite vacation, or how much fun you had with friends last week, or simply imagine yourself somewhere you love.
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    If you still can't sleep, turn the light back on and repeat steps 12 and 13.


  • Try not to look at the clock. If you find you can't stop looking, turn all the clocks in the room to face the wall or cover them.
  • Don't keep telling yourself "I have to sleep!" or you will never get to sleep. Take a deep breath and realize that while sleeping would be great, the world will not end if you don't get your 8 hours on Christmas Eve.
  • Thinking about something that might bore you. Boring things are an easy way to fall asleep, so by thinking of writing an essay or your grandpa's monthly political debate, you might be able to sleep.

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