It’s the loveliest time of the year – but Christmas Day is also one of the busiest.
For families, the chaos starts first as the kids rush down the stairs to see what Santa left under the tree.
The nation’s children go to bed at 8:24 p.m. on Christmas Eve, according to new research, so be prepared for a rude early awakening.
Almost six out of ten children wake up twice during the night and feel dizzy from excitement, the Silentnight survey also found.
Timing is key to making the day run smoothly.
From the ideal time to set the alarm to when it’s dinner time, here’s a detailed guide to making Christmas Day run like clockwork.
WAKE UP: Countdown Star Dr. Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE has developed a mathematical formula that helps people wake up on the right side of the bed.
Using data from 2,000 adults, she found that the best time is 6:44 a.m.
STAND UP: To get ready, 37 minutes is the optimal time to shower, dress, and get ready if you want to feel good for the rest of the day, found Dr. Imafidon.
And you want to be in top shape to enjoy Christmas Day.
EAT A GOOD BREAKFAST: Most scientists agree that you should eat within an hour of waking up.
A recent study from the University of Aberdeen found that a hearty breakfast is key to controlling appetite as it keeps you from overeating.
Great if you just want to eat one box of Quality Street instead of three.
OPEN GIFTS: With incredible reluctance, the average family opens presents just before 9am.
And posh Tatler magazine agrees, saying opening prezzies before breakfast is “vulgar and unbridled” behavior. However, it is acceptable to open your stocking as soon as you wake up.
VISIT FAMILY: If you’re having lunch with relatives, the earlier you go to avoid missing the traffic, the better.
Around 3.6 million Britons will be on the move on Christmas Day and transport analytics specialist Inrix expects journey times to be 14 per cent longer than last year after families delayed visits due to rail strikes.
BREATHE THROUGH: This is the time when most families experience their first bankruptcy in five.
The second, usually started by the children, takes place at 12.24pm, while another series erupts at 6.05pm via the remote control, according to research from Travelodge.
Brits squabble over board games at 7.25pm and 10.15pm when everyone is down.
A STRONG COFFEE: While many of us reach for a cup of coffee with weary eyes, scientists theorize that doing so messes up our levels of cortisol — the stress hormone.
A study in the British Journal of Nutrition shows that the best time for a cup of joe is early to late morning, when cortisol levels have naturally fallen.
BANG THE BUBBLY OPEN: We might all like a glass of Buck’s Fizz with breakfast, but you should resist the drinks cabinet for now. The American Psychological Society tested the cognitive abilities of morning drinkers and found that they were worse than those who enjoyed afternoon drinks.
SERVE LUNCH: According to a survey, the most popular time to eat turkey is in the afternoon.
Almost a third – 28 per cent – of Brits think 2pm is the best time to eat on Christmas Day, the Midland Hotel in Manchester found.
So if you want to be ready now, you’ve had the bird in the oven since 10 o’clock.
TO PLAY BOARD GAMES: Avoid a total meltdown while playing Monopoly by only getting out the board games when you’re most alert.
Sleep physician Michael Breus, author of The Power Of When, says the best time to challenge ourselves is when the brain is in “acquisition mode.”
This is when you are more awake and more likely to be studying, and occurs between 10am and 2pm and then again from 4pm to 10pm.
TAKE A FAMILY WALK: Walking 20 minutes after dinner can make you healthier, says the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health.
A little cardio helps keep your heart healthy and aids in digestion.
So if you’re going for a walk or run on Christmas morning, you might want to change up your routine.
TURN ON THE KARAOKE MACHINE: If you want to wow your friends and family with a little bit of Slade, now is the time to make your singing as non-deafening as possible.
Scientists say the human voice is at its best about four hours after waking up and two hours before sleep.
Research says that to get the most out of your vocal cords, you should let the high-pitched sounds sit for two hours after you eat.
HAVE A SHERRY: If you want a Christmas sherry or port, it’s best to save a glass until the end of the night or you might regret it.
dr Hal Sosabowski, a science expert at Brighton University, says both of these drinks offer the “optimal opportunity to get very drunk very quickly” because they get into the bloodstream faster.
So treat yourself to just one half an hour before you go to bed.
Stumble into bed: According to a 2015 survey, the perfect time for bedtime in winter is just after nine-thirty.
So leave the dishes in the sink, get in your jim jams and vow never to make Christmas again.
Until next year . . .
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