The countdown to Christmas has begun, many have decorated their Christmas tree, started playing Yuletide tunes and decking the halls with boughs of holly. It is obviously an exciting time of year. Not just for kids, but for adults too. According to our survey, the excitement is such that 1 in 5 adults will get less than five hours sleep during the night of Christmas Eve, and 1 in 4 adults will be jumping out of bed on Christmas morning between 4:00 and 7:00 am. Whether you need to get your kids to sleep or want to pretend that’s why you are looking at this guide, check out our infographic below or read our full guide on how to sleep on Christmas Eve.
A Festive Family Guide for Sleeping On Christmas Eve
It’s not uncommon to wonder how to sleep on Christmas Eve. For example, a fifth of adults will get less than five hours’ sleep and almost a third of adults will be jumping out of bed on Christmas morning between 4.00 and 7.00am. This is because their children are getting them out of bed, right? Wrong. 41% of adults consider themselves excited on Christmas morning, with the most enthusiastic age group being 16-24s, with 81% confessing to feeling excited or very excited. Whether you need to get your kids to sleep or want to pretend that’s why you are looking at this guide, follow these tips and tricks to ensure you and your family wake up feeling fresh on Christmas Day.
1. Self-Induced Exhaustion
Method: Get up REALLY early on Christmas Eve morning.
Result: By 10pm Christmas Eve, you will be a stumbling husk of your former energetic self. You’ll sleep like a baby.
2. Sober ‘Santa’
Method: Leave ‘Santa’ a non-alcoholic alternative to Brandy.
Result: ‘Santa’ Won’t have the negative impact of alcohol during sleep. ‘Santa’ will sleep through & wake, fresh as a reindeer.
3. Use Santa’s Little Helper
Method: In advance of Christmas Eve, assemble any gifts and wrap presents, then hide them at one of your ‘elve’s’ house.
Result: You won’t need to test your marriage at 2 a.m assembling your daughters new play kitchen. You can collect them Christmas Eve morning.
4. A Special Delivery
Method: Make a list of ingredients you need for your Christmas dinner and order it online to be delivered.
Result: You won’t have to fight with anyone over the last packet of sprouts when you’ve realised you’ve forgotten them at 9.42pm.
5. A Few Child-Free Hours
Method: Bring out ‘the Santa won’t come if you’re not asleep’ card.
Result: The kids rush to bed, making time for you to get everything ready without them jumping around in excitement.
6. Be Anti-Social-Media
Method: Don’t go on to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and post what you are up to leading up to Christmas, especially not Christmas Eve.
Result: The blue light from your screen is a stimulant and will keep you awake, so you’ll sleep better and have more to talk about with your family, avoiding playing countless games of charades on Christmas Day
7. Steer Clear of Night Terrors
Method: Keep away from nightmare inducing foods such as spicy and sugary treats.
Result: You won’t be kept awake nightmares about a man with a big belly and white beard.
What techniques do you use to get your family to sleep on Christmas Eve? Let us know in the comments.
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