Sleep: the key to a great party
If you followed Unity this summer, you are now a real expert in the field of sleep and festivals. You no longer skip a night because you know that sleep is the key to a good party and a good recovery 😉
But how do you do that during the indoor season, where night parties can really mess up your rhythm, and you are often expected to be fit for work or study soon after? Here are our six tips to make sure a lack of sleep does not get in the way of finishing a partymarathon like a winner.
- Well begun is well done
Sleep deprivation affects your resistance. That’s already something that for many people does not function at its best in autumn and winter. Poor resistance increases the chance of drug-related incidents. If you’re planning a night party, try to sleep as healthily as possible at least 3 days before the party. How?
- Do not use any substances such as caffeine, alcohol or cannabis in the evenings. All of them disrupt sleep, even if they help induce it in the first place.
- Go to bed at the same time every night, and get up at the same time every morning.
- Aim for 8 hours of sleep a night.
Is it going to be a long night? A short disconap just before the party can give you that extra boost to get through the night.
Be careful with naps the following day, as this can come at the expense of your night’s rest. Set your alarm clock so that you sleep a maximum of 1 hour. Or just go to bed earlier.
- Natural sleep is the best sleep
It seems such an easy solution if you find yourself counting sheep; a little bit of substance x, and you can sleep again.
Unfortunately, the quality of this sleep is often poor, it disrupts your biological clock and involves great health risks. Better to skip one night to resume your sleep rhythm the next day. Or even better; stop using other substances on time, so that you don’t have to spend hours staring at the ceiling.
- Restore your sleep rhythm
Did you skip the night? Then try to restore your original sleep rhythm as quickly as possible. You do this by sleeping as little as possible during the day and postponing your sleep until nightfall.
Why? You can recover relatively quickly from a short-term disruption in your night’s sleep. But if you completely reverse your rhythm, you run the risk of more serious complaints such as chronic sleep problems, sleep disorders and psychological issues.
- Routine: rest, regularity and cleanliness
Sounds pretty sleepy right? But the wise words of our (grand) parents are important for a good sleep rhythm.
In addition to fixed bed times, the climate of your bedroom has a major impact on the quality of your sleep.
A cool, ventilated, dark and quiet room ensures that you sleep better. So leave your window ajar, close the curtains and put a sleep mask and earplugs ready so that you only have to brush your teeth when you get home.
- If you can’t sleep, get up
It can be frustrating if you can’t sleep. After about half an hour, it’s often best to get out of bed and try something you find relaxing until you feel sleepy again.