Halloween is one of my favorite holidays; it’s up there with Thanksgiving and St. Patty’s Day (Turkey… Corned beef… If you haven’t noticed I love sleep and food). I love planning what I’ll be dressing up as and I love getting free candy even more; I kind of have a sweet tooth. 23 years old and I still dress up for Halloween; I haven’t missed one yet! The only difference now is that I don’t go trick-or-treating anymore; which probably is a good thing because my metabolism wouldn’t be able to process the insane amount of candy I would eat on Halloween night.
I loved trick-or-treating, but what I loved more was dumping my pillow case (yes I used a pillow case as my candy sack) filled with candy onto the floor to sort through the good candy and the bad candy. I have never really liked gummy or sour candy; chocolate has always been and will always be my addiction, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups to be exact. When you’re a kid all you want to do is wolf down as much as you can before your Mom notices and cuts you off. I hated that, I never knew why my Mom would stop me not even halfway through my chocolaty feast; that is until I became the Sleepy’s Snooze Director though…
It’s obvious that there is sugar in candy (hello, sugar rush!), but because I was such a chocolate fiend, I was getting small doses of caffeine on top of the sugar I consumed on Halloween night. Although my memory is foggy on how well I slept on Halloween night, looking back, I can only imagine that even if I was unconscious the whole night, my sleep quality must’ve been pretty bad. Between the late night over eating, and the fact that that over eating was of chocolate and other sweets, my body must’ve been up all night processing it.
It’s a spooky time of year; people love watching scary movies and going to haunted houses, but I’m not a fan of any of that. I’m a jumpy person, easily startled if you will, so I don’t even give scary movies a chance, I just automatically veto them. I’d be up all night with nightmares if I watched a horror film. Some people love that feeling though, of being startled or scared (I really don’t get those kinds of people). I have nightmares on my own every once in a while, so I don’t need any inspiration from the latest Paranormal Activity. Just be aware that even though you love these scary, spooky, creepy movies, nightmares can disturb your quality of sleep. Waking up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat because you were running from the Boogeyman may seem exhilarating to you, but you’ll be more tired in the morning because of it.
So this upcoming Halloween, I hope you win the “Best Costume” and rake in not only the most candy, but also the best candy! Just make sure you don’t stay up too late watching scary movies and eating all of your candy in one sitting. Portioning is key to enjoying your candied treasure, you’ll be thankful in the morning when you wake up rested, and you’ll have more candy for a longer time (win-win).
Contributor: Emily Barrett