How to Get to Sleep on Christmas Eve

Four Parts:Distracting and tiring yourself on Christmas Eve dayPreparing for bedtimeGoing to sleep Christmas EveWaking up on Christmas morning

Finding it hard to get to sleep on Christmas Eve? Well, you're not alone—it's a hard night to fall asleep, as excitement and eagerness abound. Santa's coming and you can't bear how long it takes for the time to tick away. Here are some suggestions that might help you to overcome the excitement and get some much-needed sleep before the big day.

Part 1
Distracting and tiring yourself on Christmas Eve day

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    Wake up extra early Christmas Eve morning. Doing this will make you more tired when you want to go to bed.
    • The night before Christmas Eve stay awake as long as you can until you fall asleep. Set your alarm clock for a very early time like 6 o'clock. When you wake up you will be very tired and want to go back to sleep. Make yourself get up though so when you have to go to sleep on Christmas Eve you will fall asleep easy because you are so tired. You might sleep in a little but it is worth it.
    • If you have a calendar in your bedroom, turn it back to a different month and pretend it's that month during the night. Make a playlist on your iPod of songs you liked listening to in that time to capture the feeling even more.
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    Exercise regularly throughout the day. Do some jumping jacks, go for a walk or do some cycling. If it's too snowy outside to exercise, play an exercising game, such as Wii Fit.
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    Make up a long song, and try to memorize it. This will wear out your brain and make you tired.
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    Help your mom and dad, other family members and even neighbors, to prepare for Christmas Day. Keeping busy and being helpful will take your mind off the excitement but will still help you to feel involved and happy.
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    Track Santa. Tracking Santa's progress around the world is always a great way to get you excited for Christmas on Christmas Eve! Use websites such as NORAD Tracks Santa or Google Santa Tracker.

Part 2
Preparing for bedtime

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    Think of it as a normal night. Tell yourself that tonight is not Christmas Eve. Do the same things you always do in your bedtime routine: brush your teeth, read a book, chat with your friends, etc.
    • Say to yourself: "What am I gonna do tomorrow?" -- like it's any normal day: "Oh..., hey, tomorrow maybe I will hang out with my 'bud', ______".
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    Play a game with someone. A technique, that, strange as it sounds, works well is to play a quiet game you can play alone (or with another hyper and excited friend or sibling) is Mad Libs, while in bed. This will help take away your energy and help you fall fast asleep, this will also make Santa come alot quicker than you thought!
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    Try exercising. Although this may seem counter-intuitive, exercise can help to calm you down. A couple hours before you go to bed, see how many push-ups, crunches, or jumping jacks (etc) you can do in your room. Exercise only for thirty minutes though; you don't want to stay up too late. Exercising is a great way to help you feel physically tired, so your body will want to sleep. Better still, it will take your mind off Christmas for a little while. Remember the steps above.
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    Take a warm bath. Having a warm bath will relax your muscles and make it easier to fall asleep. Squirt bath toys at imaginary targets, submerge yourself in bubbles and relax your muscles. Try scented bubbles and soap.
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    Don't peek at the Christmas tree. This might spoil any surprises and will keep you very excited and awake! Remember, Santa Claus knows when you are sleeping and when you are awake. He won't come if you are peeking.
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    Drink warm milk or at least some eggnog. The milk provides calcium, magnesium, and L-tryptophan, which can help you sleep. You can also try hot herbal tea; it is very soothing and calming to drink.
    • When you're setting up a cookie plate for Santa is a great time to have some warm milk.
    • Or, drink hot chocolate after you are in your pajamas. This will also help you to relax and keep warm! Don't drink coffee. The caffeine in it can keep you awake.
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    Relax. If you are just jumping up and down and feeling hyperactive, you need to calm down; you're only feeding a build-up of excitement that it'll be hard to come down from. Read a book. Listen to music. Whatever makes you. calm down and relax.
    • Read a book. It can be about Christmas, although it doesn't really matter. Try reading a school textbook... a really boring one, of your least favorite subject if you find it easy to fall asleep in class. Read a boring book to induce sleepiness; read an exciting one to get lost in and to help take away the urgency of thinking about Christmas things.Some good non-Christmas books are Harry Potter, Twilight, School of Fear, and Diary of a Wimpy Kid. They are fairly long and can keep you occupied for a while.
    • Burn a sweet scented candle for a little awhile (preferably lavender or jasmine) in a safe place in your room, extinguish it and lie very still with your eyes closed. The smell may relax you. Do not do this if you might fall asleep with the candle on, or ask your parents to extinguish it for you.

Part 3
Going to sleep Christmas Eve

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    Think about how, the more you can relax and feel like falling asleep, the sooner it will be Christmas Day!
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    Get into a comfortable sleeping position while in bed. Scrunch up really tightly—as tightly as you can. Hold that position for 30 seconds, then relax again. Try to stay still, don't move at all and you will become tired. This is important for anytime you try to get to sleep; but relax and close your eyes.
    • See some of the related wikiHows in this article for more ideas on helping you to fall asleep, or visit the whole category on Better Sleeping.
    • Fluff your pillow. If you fluff your pillow, it will give you something more comfortable for your head to rest on, and make it easier to fall asleep.
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    Snuggle up with any pets. If the pet is small enough to fit in your bed (or wherever you are sleeping), try to fall asleep with it. It helps you to sleep when you have someone else in the room with you. It will make you fall asleep a bit faster, although if it is a hamster of something of that size you may squish it.
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    Make sure you're warm or cool enough, depending on where you live. If cold, turn a heater on, put on some warm and comfortable clothes, or put some extra blankets on your bed. Just make sure you don't make yourself too hot, or it will be just as hard to fall asleep as it is when you're cold. If too hot, turn on the air conditioning, or open a window and sleep with just a sheet on you.
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    Count sheep. Any of these methodical, centering and calming methods will help to move you out of being too excited into a calmer state, which may help you to feel sleepy. Try focusing on each of the sheep as they jump over the fence (or any other high platform). What do they look like? What type of fence are they jumping over? How high are they jumping? Focusing on these details will let your mind trail way from the idea of Christmas and will help you fall asleep.
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    Lie in bed and say this in your head: "Relax my toes." (Wiggle them for a moment.) "Relax my arch. Relax my ankle. (Flex your ankle.)" It might sound corny but it really does work through the power of suggestion. Continue, working all the way up to your head. Even keeping up the effort of concentration on doing this is a great distraction from the night's excitement. You may not even get up to your head before you're snoozing away!
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    Listen to slow Christmas music and think about the real reason why you celebrate Christmas. This seriously helps.
    • Make a playlist on your iPod "sleep songs." Soothing music will definitely help take your mind off Santa, and lull you to sleep.
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    Don't sit at the computer, laptop, or iPad late at night, if you can't sleep; this will only keep you awake. The light actually fools your body into thinking it's not bedtime.
    • If you watch TV before bed, try to turn off or down all the other lights, so the room is darkened. That will get your body ready to sleep.
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    Watch a movie. If you still have trouble going to sleep, watch a movie. Some good Christmas movies that play a lot during Christmastime include: A Christmas Story, The Polar Express, Elf, Home alone 1 2 and 3, How The Grinch Stole Christmas, A Charlie Brown Christmas, A Christmas Carol, It's A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, The Santa Clause: 1, 2 and 3, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

Part 4
Waking up on Christmas morning

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    Set a time to wake up. Make sure that the whole family agrees with it. That way, when it turns (for example 7:00) everyone is prepared to get up. If you get up earlier than this, have some breakfast, go to the washroom, get ready so that you actually look OK on video.
    • If you know you are going to be videotaped in the morning, prepare your best set of PJ's. You don't want everybody to remember you wearing that raggedy old t-shirt and a pair of shorts on Christmas morning, do you? Don't forget to brush your hair in the morning before galloping downstairs!
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    Have a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!


  • If you keep your stocking on your bed or anywhere you can see it then, put it under the bed; If this isn't possible you could always find a big cushion and stuff it at the foot of your bed with the stocking behind it. Or, place it somewhere outside your room where, from your bed, you can't see it but whoever walks by it can put a gift or treat! That way, you won't be panicking that Santa won't be able to find the stocking!
  • Don't think about Santa Claus, that will make you feel excited, and will take twice as long to fall asleep.
  • If you really want to, leave your room about a half an hour before everyone else wakes up and look at the presents and the tree. It may not sound like it, but it actually might calm you down a little bit. Be sure not to peek at the presents though! This will just ruin Christmas for you.
  • You might flex your toes, fingers, and shrug your shoulders. Then after a few seconds, stop, and your body will feel relieved and you can relax and go to sleep!
  • Slowly change your bed sheets and put on your pajamas in slow motion, after your nice hot bath; this can make you feel bored and relaxed; so you can sleep.
  • Stop exercising around 2 hours before you go to sleep.
  • If you like to keep a lamp on in your room while you sleep, keep it on low so it's easier to fall asleep.
  • Turn all of your lights off so it will be easier for you to get to sleep.
  • Keep your stockings downstairs and lock the door so that you won't be tempted to peek in your stocking.


  • Once officially in bed, only get up for bathroom breaks, and if you do, try to get back into bed in the same comfy position you were in before.
  • Be sure to empty your bladder before you go to sleep. It's harder to fall asleep with a full bladder, and if you do manage to fall asleep, you don't want to wake up in the middle of the night having to go to the bathroom.
  • Don't leave your room; it will only make you more curious.
  • Don't unwrap any presents. Save the excitement so you can share it with everyone else.
  • If you do exercise, don't exceed 30 minutes and make sure that it is at least one hour before you want to sleep. The endorphin you get from exercise can keep you buzzed and therefore awake, so leave some time to chill out.
  • Go to bed at the same time you do on a normal night. If you go normally go to bed at 10pm and go to bed at 11pm on Christmas Eve, it will not feel like a normal night.
  • When reading your book, keep an eye on the time. You want to be asleep by midnight, so try putting your book down and closing your eyes around 10 or 11 pm.
  • Don't drink any caffeine at least six hours before going to bed. If you go to bed at 10pm, don't drink any caffeine after 4pm.

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