Sumary of Expert tips on how to save your sleep from holiday stress and indulgence:
- Even a dark-hour or two of short sleep can have short term effects on your health, mood and wellbeing, said sleep specialist Kristen Knutson, an associate professor of neurology and preventive medicine at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, in an email.
- At the same moment, consuming sugar based foods later in the evening can promote bursts of power that shift sleep back, making it harder to descend asleep, he said via email.
- It plays an important role in sleep and depression, experts said, as it alleviates stress and promotes the release of the feel-good hormones called endorphins.
- Instead, it the rich, processed foods, such as candied sweet potatoes or pecan pie, that are making you feel tired.