1. Spend time with your friends and children
Despite all the madness that surrounds Christmas and New Years, some holiday traditions actually help you sleep: Celebrating and connecting with your friends and family is an effective way to reduce stress, preparing you for a better night’s rest. Women who have healthy friendships and positive relationships with their children sleep better. Studies from UCLA researcher Shelly Taylor, PhD, showed that women turn to other women or take care of their children as a way to cope with stress. It’s possibly an ingrained survival mechanism for women to protect themselves and their families by banding together. Exchanging gifts and catching up at holiday parties can boost your levels of oxytocin, a biochemical that blocks the body’s chief stress chemical, and will let you rest easier at night.