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Spreading A Little Cheer

 

We all know the holidays are a busy time of year. There are deadlines to meet, crowds everywhere you go and between the holiday parties and staying up late to wrap or find that perfect gift, sleep seems to be the last thing on anyone’s mind. As part of the corporate wellness program here at Hilton Head Health, this month staff is taking on a Sleeping Challenge. We’re sleeping for 7-9 hours at least 5 days per week—seems pretty simple but for some this can be a challenging task.

Getting enough sleep is essential for proper body function both physically and mentally. In general, we need about 7-8 hours of sleep each night in order to feel not only more alert and focused throughout the day, but to continue to be our merry selves during the holidays. There’s a reason December is my favorite time of year even though I absolutely despise the cold. No matter how freezing it is outside, no cold can keep me from singing carols as I cook dinner or stop the twinkle in my eye as I drive through neighborhoods admiring Christmas decorations. December is a time of celebration and thanks but it’s hard to spread the cheer if you’re too tired to flash your co-worker a smile and a hello in the morning.

Getting enough sleep at night is just one way to help spread holiday cheer and here are a few others:

  • You don’t have to spend hundreds or dollars on decorations to help put you in the holiday mood but a simple wreath on your office door or reindeer for your desk helps spread the Christmas spirit.
  • Don’t underestimate the value of tradition. Whether you’ve just moved to a new city, are traveling for business or are just running a behind at home, take the time to continue with family holiday traditions. This simple act may seem meaningless to some but to you it can bring a sense of warmth and love.
  • Planning a small get together helps everyone get in the mood. Don’t have time to cook and clean? Well, think outside the box. Go to the skating rink, pick out Christmas trees or catch a special showing of It’s a Wonderful Life at your local theater. Spending time with the people you care about can certainly turn a bad day into one full of cheer.
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