SONIA ANCOLI-ISRAEL, PhD: Some people might have difficulty falling asleep when they first get into bed at night. Other people might have no trouble falling asleep, but they might find that they wake up multiple times during the night, and each time they wake up they have a hard time going back to sleep.
ANNOUNCER: No matter what the cause, sleep loss during the holidays can have consequences.
SONIA ANCOLI-ISRAEL, PhD: Relationships can become more difficult. It's harder to interact with family and friends because we're more irritable.
GARY ZAMMIT, PhD: Your cognitive or mental functions are not at peak, attention, memory, concentration, ability to stay on task.
ANNOUNCER: So what can you do to keep the spirit and get the sleep you need?
GARY ZAMMIT, PhD: Make sure that you set aside enough time to fulfill your basic sleep need. Get to bed on time; make sure that you allow yourself to sleep in long enough in the morning. And while, of course, you want to meet your deadlines at work, socialize and enjoy holiday parties, don't overdo it.
ANNOUNCER: And if you are having insomnia there are ways to improve your sleep.
SONIA ANCOLI-ISRAEL, PhD: We call these good sleep hygiene rules, and they can actually be used all year long, not just during the holidays. These would include, first of all, trying to go to bed and get up at the same time every day.
Don't spend too much time in bed.
So if you want to sleep eight hours, you should only be in bed about eight and a half hours.
ANNOUNCER: And while a toast of eggnog sounds like a good idea, you may want to pace yourself.