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Why we fall asleep on Christmas Day

Why we fall asleep on Christmas Day

Published at 11:37am 17th December 2018. (Updated at 12:20pm 17th December 2018)

It's been revealed that Brits lose over 21 hours of sleep in the run up to Christmas Day... no wonder we're tired!

  • A whopping 47% of us are expecting to fall asleep during the day on Christmas Day itself.
  • Factors such as a change in routine, increased eating and drinking, and longer to-do lists are all to blame throughout December in the countdown to the 25th December. 
  • TV's Dr. Pixie McKenna has given us some top tips for getting more sleep in the week running up to Christmas. 
Christmas party drunk man asleep on the floor
Christmas party drunk man asleep on the floor

Sleep advice from Channel 4's Embarrassing Bodies' Dr Pixie McKenna

The average person needs 7-8 hours of sleep per night and without enough your physical and mental health, irritability, libido and enthusiasm is all affected. 

Known for tackling all sorts of ailments and illness on the Channel 4 TV show Embarrassing Bodies, Dr Pixie McKenna has put her top three tips together for getting more sleep in the run up to Christmas, thanks to research from Dreams. 

  • Stick to your routine. Your sleep cycles LOVES a routine so where possible stick to your bedtimes and wake-up times.
  • Be aware of how much alcohol and food you're consuming. Rich, spicy and fatty foods often have a negative effect on your sleep, and the same goes for alcohol. 
  • Keep your bedroom in tip top condition. A messy bedroom can affect the sense of calm required for a good nights sleep. Plus always make sure you have a good mattress!

Ben Groom from Stray FM's Health and Wellbeing show talked to Dr PIxie McKenna about losing sleep in December. 

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