Three ways to avoid end of year burnout and safe guard your allergies this holiday season

For many of us, the end of year break is a time for some well-earned R and R. But, despite the sleep ins and lazing about, the holiday season can bring a surprising level of tiredness. This is also known as ‘end-of- year burnout’.

End-of- year burnout symptoms can manifest both physically and emotionally, and may result in a weakened immune system and inflammation, which makes you more susceptible to allergy symptoms. So here are three ways to keep it at bay …

  1. Watch your alcohol consumption – as our social calendar fills up, so does our glass! But just five standard drinks in one night (also known as ‘binge drinking’) can disrupt our melatonin, the hormone that helps us sleep. To minimise this effect, don’t binge – keep under five standard drinks and (ideally) leave a few hours between your last drink and going to bed.
  2. Avoid tummy troubles – we all tend to overindulge over the holiday season, which may mean that we’re consuming rich, high-sugar foods that our body’s not used to. This can lead to digestive discomfort, which can be a real sleep killer (not to mention a ’sugar-high’ that can leave you feeling stimulated!). If you can’t avoid rich, sugary foods, try to avoid eating a big meal just before you go to bed.
  3. Ditch daytime naps – our energy levels tend to lull mid-afternoon, which we often attribute to Christmas lunch, but it’s actually a normal feature of our circadian rhythm (body clock). While an afternoon nap may be tempting, sleeping for too long during the day can actually lessen our body’s drive to sleep at night and reduce the quality of your sleep. So, if you must nap, keep it short (max 20 minutes).

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Please note this blog contains general information only. Always consult your health care professional before making any diet or lifestyle changes.