Setting aside complaints that this frenzy of consumerism is invading a beloved holiday, as well as the labor unrest caused by the additional working hours, there is a silver lining for shoppers -- they may not lose as much sleep if they want to participate in the big shopping frenzy.
Shoppers who head out to the stores at eight or nine o'clock in the evening and return around 10 or 11 p.m. can make up any lost sleep by staying in bed an extra hour or so the next day. That scenario is preferable in terms of health and safety (as shoppers drive drowsy on the way home) to shoppers getting up at three o'clock in the morning and shopping until 10 a.m.
Shoppers who DO feel the need to set the alarm for "oh dark thirty" in order to get a great deal on a flat panel TV (for instance), like many said they would in SleepBetter's 2010 Thanksgiving shopping survey (http://sleepbetter.org/
● It's not necessary to lose sleep to get a good deal. Shopping online from home (and at a reasonable hour) can yield some great deals as well. Many online retailers are offering free shipping during the holiday season.
● -Shoppers who MUST be up in the middle of the night should plan ahead. Sleeping a little extra for a couple of nights before the big event can help minimize the sleep debt accrued on Black Friday.
● -Making time for a nap after shopping can help eliminate some of the sleep debt accrued on Black Friday. Waiting until late in the day for that nap can be counter-productive, however, as it can make sleep difficult that night.
● Caffeine is useful, but should be used wisely. Having a cup of coffee during the shopping frenzy or later in the morning (or both) isn't a big deal. However, don't drink it the late afternoon or evening, as it may make sleep difficult that night.
In short, SleepBetter doesn't recommend giving up sleep for shopping, but those who do should try to make up the sleep debt as soon as possible. For more sleep news and advice, visit SleepBetter.org and use the search bar at the top of the site.
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