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For many, the upcoming May long weekend means that summer, cottage and cabin season are right around the corner. And many also use this time to celeb ...

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Make the long weekend refresh you, not rob you of sleep

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(NC)-For many, the upcoming May long weekend means that summer, cottage and cabin season are right around the corner. And many also use this time to celebrate hard. While fun, it makes sense to think about how a jam-packed and over-active weekend can hinder, not help us, when Monday rolls around.

"Canadians' energy levels are already manic on weekends," said Gary Baskerville of the Better Sleep Council Canada. "Our own research has shown that we're the most alert on Saturdays, but then Sunday is one of the most tired days of the week. Throw in an extra day and the up and down pattern gets even worse. Proper and consistent sleep and energy is so important to good health - let's use the longer weekends to maximize that health benefit."

May is Better Sleep Month. And this year The Better Sleep Council Canada is urging Canadians to avoid these long weekend pitfalls to keep energy levels high and have an enjoyable, refreshing, holiday:

1. Overeating or eating late at night: Parties and feasts aside, consider eating light and early to ensure a good night's sleep. If you are eating late, try a short walk to get a breath of fresh air before hitting the hay

2. Too much drinking: Too much alcohol before bedtime can prevent your body from falling into a deep, relaxing sleep - the sleep we need to help recharge after a long week of work. When in doubt, sleep sober!

3. Sleeping in unfamiliar, uncomfortable or old bed: Cottages and cabins are prone to housing old hand-me-down mattresses. The average mattress should be replaced every eight-to-ten years for the best support and comfort

4. Over-exertion: Got big plans like renovating, gardening or playing more physical games with your kids? Extra physical activity in one weekend can cause physical strain and pain. Find time to relax and let your body rejuvenate

5. Irregular sleep hours: Keep regular hours - even when you are tempted to become a night owl on the weekend. Skip the Sunday afternoon nap - it'll likely make it hard to fall asleep Sunday night, making you much less productive on Monday

6. Over-stimulation: Too much activity, fun and excitement can make it tough to wind down. Reading, listening to music or taking a warm bath reduces stress before bed.

7. Too much noise: Your sleep environment should be comfortable, dark and quiet

To learn more about getting a better night's sleep, visit www.bettersleep.ca.

Credit: www.newscanada.com