Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Chasing Z’s: How to Fall Asleep on Christmas Eve

It is the eve of Christmas Eve (December 23) and around the world children are on their best behaviours in anticipation of the night that Santa will travel to every house on the planet, delivering gifts using his advanced stealth technology and potentially a super-fleet of military aircraft. However, the anticipation of Christmas morning is counterproductive to the means by which we bring it closer. Put simply, we can all relate to getting so damn excited about the holidays that it becomes impossible to sleep the night before. Not only does this make the time pass more slowly; it prohibits Santa from working his techno-magic and breaking into our houses undetected. With that in mind, we have four methods you can use to get yourself to sleep and out of the fat man’s way:


The most obvious solution to the problem is to pop a few sleeping pills or down a bottle of Nyquil. Sleep medications work in a few different ways. For some medications (allergy meds in particular), drowsiness is just a side effect of their main purpose. These medications are appealing because they are easy to acquire and are generally less dangerous than prescription sleep aids. The drugs that are harder to get, however, tend to be more targeted in their strategies. Most sleeping pills bind to your brain’s GABA receptors. GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. In layman’s terms, it is a chemical produced naturally in your brain that dials down activity.  Some prescription sleep aids are able to bind to GABA receptors in regions of the brain specifically associated with sleep, leaving other areas unaffected. Other, newer medications can even target the part of your brain that produces your body’s natural sleep-wake rhythms (the hypothalamus). These solutions aren’t perfect, though. They can lead to memory loss, hallucinations, and even instances of sleep-walking. Also, some people have an “issue” drugging their kids for something as trivial as getting them to sleep on a non-school night, so let’s explore some other options and try to find a kid-friendly one.


When in doubt, break out the eggnog. Truly, words to live by. As many of us are aware, part of the process of gradually poisoning yourself with alcohol is that, at some point, you might pass out. Alcohol is a depressant, meaning that it impairs function in certain parts of your brain. We all know the impact this can have on coordinated motor functions like walking and talking, but it also applies to the deeper, more primal regions of your brain that control very basic things like keeping you conscious. As alcohol spreads through your brain it naturally wants to equally disperse itself. That means, while you may only want to turn off the parts of your brain that are preventing you from talking to the attractive intern at the office Christmas party, eventually the booze will work its way into your brain’s alertness centre. When that happens, your body will basically shut down. This may be a good thing if your goal is to suddenly find yourself waking up in a bathtub on Christmas morning, but it does have its drawbacks. Completely ignoring the prospect of an absolutely epic hangover (turn down the Christmas carols, please) you may overshoot your target level of intoxication and end up dead from alcohol poisoning. Sorry, kids.


Simple and to the point, a well-placed blow to the head will send you off to dreamland in a snap. Ask any boxer to describe getting knocked out and you will quickly understand the process. Over the course of a fight, as punches pile up, boxers often describe feelings of numbness, stumbling, loss of coordination, trouble thinking and eventually total collapse. Basically what is happening is that as your head snaps around in response to impact, your brain smashes up against your skull. When that happens, normal function gets scrambled in the same way it does when you drop your cell phone from an uncomfortable height. This is potentially the worst way to put yourself to sleep. First off, if Santa finds you unconscious and bloody, he might infer reasons to put you on the naughty list. Second, concussions are damaging and – given enough of them – fatal. Definitely not worth the risk.


In the end, the best solution to our sleep dilemma is the one you least want to hear at this relaxing time of year. As it is for basically every other physical problem, exercise is the safest answer. Exercise fatigues your body and mind at the same time that it produces melatonin, a neuro-chemical that controls sleep and repairs muscles. For the average person, regular aerobic exercise is one of the simplest ways to ensure a better, more restful night’s sleep. Even people with insomnia benefit from exercise, albeit at a slower pace. Research has shown that regular exercise over a period of four months can begin to restore normal sleep cycles in even the most sleep deprived people. So if you routinely have trouble sleeping and want to be prepared for Christmas, start running on Labour Day.

So there you have it! Plenty of options to help you get to sleep. This list isn’t exhaustive, though. There are many other ways to overcome the urge to stay up all night, including not ingesting sugar or caffeine before bed (lay off the cocoa), and lowering the temperature of your room (crack the window, it’s only a minor blizzard). See you on Christmas morning. Sweet dreams!


custom research paper writing service said...

well that makes an easy way to get some high sleep on the Christmas eve. First you must convince yourself and then add some of your tips to it to get some perfect sleep for the night.

raybanoutlet001 said...

moncler jackets
oakley sunglasses wholesale
clippers jersey
ray ban sunglasses
coach outlet online
coach outlet online
michael kors outlet
moncler jackets
true religion outlet
michael kors outlet

divyapriya said...

Good post keep it up. Keep updating.
German Classes in Chennai
German Language Course in Chennai
IELTS Coaching in Chennai
Japanese Classes in Chennai
spanish language in chennai
Spoken English Classes in Chennai
German Classes in Chennai
German Language Course in Chennai

sangeetha sathyan said...

Excellent post. I learned a lot from this blog and I suggest my friends to visit your blog to learn new concept about technology.
Blue Prism Training in Chennai
Blue Prism Training Chennai
RPA Training in Chennai
Robotics Process Automation Training in Chennai
Machine Learning Training in Chennai
Data Science Course in Chennai
RPA Training in Anna Nagar
Blue Prism Training in Chennai
Blue Prism Training Chennai

sasi said...

I really enjoyed this article. I need more information to learn so kindly update it.
Salesforce Training in Chennai
salesforce training in bangalore
Salesforce Course in bangalore
best salesforce training in bangalore
salesforce institute in bangalore
salesforce developer training in bangalore
Big Data Course in Coimbatore
Python Training in Bangalore
salesforce training in marathahalli
salesforce institutes in marathahalli

Data Science pune said...

Such a very useful article. Very interesting to read this article. I would like to thank you for the efforts you had made for writing this awesome article.
Data Science Course in Pune
Data Science Training in Pune

Programs said...

Nice blog. I finally found great post here Very interesting to read this article and very pleased to find this site. Great work!
Data Science Training in Pune
Data Science Course in Pune


Nice Post. Very informative Message and found a great post. Thank you.
Business Analytics Course in Pune
Business Analytics Training in Pune

Data Analytics Pune said...

I feel very grateful that I read this. It is very helpful and very informative and I really learned a lot from it.
Data Analytics Course in Pune
Data Analytics Training in Pune

yanmaneee said...

lebron 17
kyrie 3
curry 6 shoes
supreme clothing
jordan shoes
longchamp bags
nike vapormax
supreme hoodie
supreme clothing
jordan shoes

Data Science Institute In Banglore said...

After reading your article I was amazed. I know that you explain it very well. And I hope that other readers will also experience how I feel after reading your article.
Data Science Training Institute in Bangalore

Best Data Science Courses In Bangalore said...

I feel very grateful that I read this. It is very helpful and very informative and I really learned a lot from it.
Best Data Science Courses in Bangalore

DataScience Datascience said...

Just saying thanks will not just be sufficient, for the fantasti c lucidity in your writing. I will instantly grab your rss feed to stay informed of any updates.
Data Science Course in Bangalore

DataScience Datascience said...

Gangaur Realtech is a professionally managed organisation specializing in real estate services where integrated services are provided by professionals to its clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate.
Data Science Training in Bangalore

Business Analytics Course said...

Cool stuff you have and you keep overhaul every one of us.

Data Science Course

Data Science Training said...

Thanks for the informative and helpful post, obviously in your blog everything is good..

Data Science Training