Getting an early start on tasks and doing a little each day cuts stress, expert says
SUNDAY, Dec. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Many people sacrifice sleep in order to complete all their shopping, decorating, cooking and other holiday preparations. But a lack of sleep can reduce your ability to enjoy the season, warns Dr. Alejandro D. Chediak, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
"In order to best enjoy the holiday season, anticipate and budget the extra time needed to carry out your holiday 'to-do' list. Getting an early start and doing a little bit each day will save time and relieve stress. Delaying your 'to-do' list until the last possible minute not only leads to sleep loss, it also makes one contend with heavier street traffic and more aggressive crowds in stores," Chediak said in a prepared statement.
Chediak offered the following holiday season sleep tips:
The National Sleep Foundation has more about the holidays and sleep.
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SOURCE: American Academy of Sleep Medicine, news release, December 2007
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