Minimize holiday stress by prioritizing sleep, rest

Dr. Krishna Mettu advised trying to leaving worries and stress outside the bedroom.

December is Less Stress Month, and experts say getting enough sleep can be tough during this busy time of year.

In this week's Family First, KRCG 13 spoke with SSM Health Neurologist Dr. Krishna Mettu about the importance of rest even amid holiday festivities.

Dr. Mettu said his advice for mitigating the craziness that comes with this time of year is to make bed time a calm time. "Unwinding, and leaving worries and stressors outside the bedroom. Trying to make things easier to fall asleep - that's really critical," he said.

He said falling behind on sleep with all the holiday events and activities can be unavoidable. He suggested trying to plan ahead. "I look at it night by night," he said. "I say, 'Ok, this night I'm sleeping one to two hours shorter, but I have a plan that I can catch up tomorrow.'"

Dr. Mettu said getting enough rest isn't a luxury. He said he considers sufficient sleep a necessity if you want to make the most of the holidays this year. "After a couple days of sleep deprivation, it's good to take a break, and take care of yourself," he said. "Get adequate sleep, reboot yourself, and get back to the work and fun of the holidays again."

Watch KRCG 13 at 5:00 p.m. next Friday for our next Family First segment - we'll talk to a nurse practitioner about how to help children handle school-related stress.

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