Thanksgiving is a notoriously sleepy holiday. Dad fell asleep in front of the TV watching football and the kids ate a bit too much turkey and pumpkin pie. No matter who has fallen victim to sleepiness in previous years, you can all enjoy a much more lively holiday together if you avoid these three pitfalls.
#1) SLEEPING IN.
Do you like getting a few extra hours of sleep in on the weekends and holidays? We’re guilty as charged, but it could be hurting us in the long wrong. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “it is generally agreed that sleep quality and restfulness are best when … we try to go to bed and wake up at around the same time each day, even on days off and weekends.”
Our bodies are complicated machines. It turns out that, while calories give us energy, eating too much of certain foods can actually make us sleepy. High-carb, high-fat and high-sugar foods trigger a neural response as soon as they hit the small intestine, explains Scientific American, which causes us to experience what is commonly referred to as a “food coma.”
#3) COUCH SNOOZING.
While catching an occasional catnap on the couch isn’t the worst thing we can do to our bodies, it also isn’t the best. You may find yourself experiencing a variety of aches and pains after an unplanned snooze on the couch. According to the National Sleep Foundation, “the ideal sleeping surface gives you room to move and supports your body.” We’re not sure about you, but we can’t describe our couch as spacious or supportive.