Thursday, September 26, 2013

Disney Vacation Too Excited To Sleep Syndrome

By: Nick Maglio

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. 
This isn't an exact science, but try some of these suggestions out before your next trip, and perhaps you too can overcome the dreaded TETSS!

Portions of this article were originally posted on the Tips From the Disney Divas and Devos Blog, where Nick is a contributing writer.


  1. Yes, I too have serious TETSS.

    I fly to Orlando when I go to Disney World and my first flight out of Vancouver is usually at 6:30 a.m. This means getting up before 4 to get to the airport on time. When I go to bed, I worry that I won't hear the 2 alarms I set . . . A couple times now I have just stayed up all night reading.
    I don't recommend this.

    I have been known to take one benedryl about 9 at night in the hopes of getting some sleep before travelling.

    Once I am there, it is all worth it, the excitement overcomes the lack of sleep quite quickly!

  2. i wake up every hour..giggle and say i am going to disney! we usually take the 7 am we get up at 3 am!


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