Holiday Sleep Tip: Will Sleeplessness Ruin Your Holidays?

Written by Joe Cohen, BS | Last updated:

Happy Holidays to our SelfDecode community!

We’d like to say thanks for another amazing year. We’ve loved hearing your health stories from this past year and look forward to creating more in 2022.

Holiday Sleep Tip

No matter what you celebrate, chances are you’ll experience sleep disruptions this time of year.

You may be traveling, staying up later, and eating & drinking things you shouldn’t!

This results in a lack of sleep. It may seem like being tired is just “part of the holidays.” But it’ll likely ruin your holiday.

Sleeplessness leads to stress, mood issues, and overall lower quality of life. It’ll turn the “happiest time of the year” into the exact opposite.

People often travel during the holidays, which is detrimental to sleep. In times like this, I make sure to expose myself to enough life during the day.

Holiday Sleep Tip

Getting light throughout the day (especially in the morning) triggers a neural circuit controlling the timing of cortisol and melatonin, hormones that regulate sleep-wake cycles. Early light exposure sets my biological clock and helps me adjust to the time change.

I greatly prefer just going outside to get light. But there are times when that’s impossible. Usually because of my busy schedule or the weather.

That’s when my bright light device comes into use. These are usually big devices, but I keep a portable bright light device that I put on my cap.

Light is especially important to me because of an MTNR1A variant I carry. This makes me more sensitive to disrupted sleep schedules and light exposure helps me manage this gene.

It’s likely you share this variant (40% of people do). You can get recommendations like this based on your unique variants in our Insomnia DNA Report, included with your SelfDecode subscription.

And make sure you expose yourself to enough light this holiday season (even all of you dealing with the cold!) and don’t let sleeplessness ruin your holiday!

About the Author

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen, BS

Joe Cohen flipped the script on conventional and alternative medicine…and it worked. Growing up, he suffered from inflammation, brain fog, fatigue, digestive problems, insomnia, anxiety, and other issues that were poorly understood in traditional healthcare. Frustrated by the lack of good information and tools, Joe decided to embark on a learning journey to decode his DNA and track his biomarkers in search of better health. Through this personalized approach, he discovered his genetic weaknesses and was able to optimize his health 10X better than he ever thought was possible. Based on his own health success, he went on to found SelfDecode, the world’s first direct-to-consumer DNA analyzer & precision health tool that utilizes AI-driven polygenic risk scoring to produce accurate insights and health recommendations. Today, SelfDecode has helped over 100,000 people understand how to get healthier using their DNA and labs.
Joe is a thriving entrepreneur, with a mission of empowering people to take advantage of the precision health revolution and uncover insights from their DNA and biomarkers so that we can all feel great all of the time.


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