New Year’s Eve is supposed to be the biggest night of the year – but if you love your sleep it can be difficult to stay awake long enough to see in the New Year at all, never mind in the style and glamour that TV tells us is the norm.
Let’s face it, many of us may end up celebrating at home and there’s no shame in that. With the kids tucked up in their beds upstairs and the TV on to watch Big Ben chime its way to 2016, there’s some times nothing better than toasting the occasion with your loved ones and a glass of wine or two.
If you’re more of an early bird than a night owl, we’ve got some handy tips and advice on how to stay up late to stop you falling asleep and missing the festivities altogether…
Go to bed extra early the night before
Try to get your valuable z’s on the 30th December by going to bed earlier than usual. With the evenings drawing in early, it’s nice and dark by 5pm (optimum sleeping conditions) and with all the chaos of Christmas you’re sure to need to catch up on your sleep. This will hopefully give you some much-needed energy reserves to get you through to the early hours of New Year’s Day.
Avoid high-sugar foods
You may think that scoffing sweets and guzzling coffee will drive you through the day but this is probably the worst thing you could do if you want to stay awake late.
High-sugar foods will give you short bursts of energy but those energy levels will soon come crashing down, leaving you feeling more tired than ever. Try to eat lovely nutritious food and drink plenty of water to keep you feeling as fresh as a daisy all day long.
Take an afternoon nap
If you really do struggle to keep your eyes open as the evening sets in, and you’ve got the luxury of a little spare time, then retreat to your bed or sofa for a sneaky afternoon nap – we won’t tell anyone if you don’t.
If unwelcome sounds are getting in the way of your napping, take a look at our tips on how to sleep through noise.
Don’t get ready for bed until it’s time for bed
If you’re spending the evening at home, it can be tempting to get into your pyjamas and snuggle up on the sofa – you must resist this urge! There’s no better way to send yourself to sleep than getting too comfortable too early. Stay in your day clothes, or even get dressed up – it is a special occasion after all!
You might think this is a bad idea because it will use more of your energy, but keeping busy during the day will make the time go faster and it’ll be midnight before you know it. Having a lazy day around the house will make the day go much slower and you’ll be ready for a bath and bed by 9pm.
No matter what you do, have a happy New Year. And if you do fall asleep before the clock strikes 12, don’t worry too much – there’s always next year!
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