If you are anything like me, about a week, sometimes 2 weeks, before a Disney Vacation, you start having restless nights. Then, the night before your magical journey is about to begin, you are wide awake, tossing and turning, watching the clock.
I call this TETSS. Too Excited To Sleep Syndrome, and it's a serious problem.
Over the years, I've developed a routine to combat this problem, and it works, to lesser or greater degree, each trip I:
- Take 1 Tylenol PM (2 would make me too groggy the next morning)
- Drink 1 cup of Chamomile tea (don't drink too many fluids, or THAT can be an issue!)
- Have a light meal, trying to avoid anything too salty or heavy, or caffeinated
- Try not to go to bed until 8 hours before I intend to get up, knowing I'll likely only get 6, 7 if I'm lucky. I used to try to go to bed ridiculously early the night before, and would wind up waking up 4 hours later, unable to get back to sleep.
Portions of this article were originally posted on the Tips From the Disney Divas and Devos Blog, where Nick is a contributing writer.