We're dreaming of a sleep-filled Christmas

I don’t know about you but I am sooo ready for the Christmas holidays. It’s been one of those years that started at a pace and continued to accelerate, with plenty of hills to climb on the way.

The turkey and ham will be great, and I’m not impartial to a present or two, but mostly I’m just desperate for a bit of extra sleep.

That’s probably a bit sad, but I did have a significant birthday this year (yes, not so much climbing hills as climbing over hills, you might say) and I’m guessing I have a right to be a bit more tired. I mean, there have to be some perks, right?a boy asleep on his pillow

The thing is, the days barely get light, the temperatures are staying low and the duvet is just so darned cosy. And, while sleep is attractive in its own right, the most amazing thing is that it actually has huge health benefits.

I guess we all knew that we could think better and feel better with a few extra zzzzs but did you know that people who get more sleep are also less likely to be overweight? Not just adults, kids need sleep too.

I know, that sounds like one of those crazy health claims adverts before the EU regulations tightened up ‘Sleep your way to weight loss’ but this time it actually seems to be true. Scientists are still investigating how this happens, but it’s probably a combination of effects on our appetite and our motivation to be active after a good night’s sleep.   

Not that I need any convincing.

So, when all the work is done; buying presents, hosting friends and family and cooking up a storm, don’t forget to turn off all alarm clocks, phones and anything that can disturb your precious sleep. And if you are thinking of resolutions for the New Year, pop ‘more sleep’ on the list for you and your family. It might even be one we could all stick to.

From all at safefood we wish you a happy and healthy Christmas.

For more tips and advice on sleep and children check out www.safefood.eu.

 

Posted: 19/12/2013 13:27:39 by Aileen McGloin
Filed under: Childhood obesity, Children, Christmas, Sleep


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Aileen McGloin
Hi, my name is Aileen McGloin and I am the Director of Marketing and Communications, at safefood. I trained as a public health nutritionist originally and am passionate about changing food-related behaviour. I have a particular interest in using digital technology to promote health. At home, I love books, am in a book club and married to a crime writer. I’m a fiend for all things fashion and like walking, swimming and TV that is so bad it’s good. I live in Co. Wicklow with my husband and 10 year old daughter.