The New York Post: ‘Festive burnout’ ingredients: Christmas music, gift shopping, crowds, cooking

One in three Americans is anticipating an attack of “festive burnout” before Dec. 25, according to a new report.

A study examining the impacts of festive stress saw a third of respondents (35%) say they’re burnt out on the holiday season before Christmas comes.

The survey of 2,000 Americans also revealed that 68% of Americans also consider the holiday season, that special time including Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas, to be a “stressful” time.

The survey, conducted by Slumber Cloud, also found that the average American will spend 38 hours — nearly two full days — getting ready or preparing for the holiday season in some fashion.

The biggest chunk of that time is spent shopping, which takes up a little more than 13 hours of the average American’s time, whether it be picking out the perfect gift for a loved one or simply getting food for cooking.

And speaking of cooking, the average American will spend nine hours and 17 minutes in the kitchen cooking up meals, as well, over the holiday season — clocking in over a day of full-time work.

Another nine hours are spent just planning for the holidays, with an additional seven hours devoted to decorating.

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According to the results, “festive burnout” is expected to set in for 36% of Americans before mid-December, with a further 17% saying it sets in before December even starts.

Crowds and shopping were the biggest contributors to this seasonal burnout, with long lines and constant holiday music also receiving high marks. Continually being subjected to holiday TV ads is also enough to burn out 36% of Americans.

The study went on determine that the average American will endure three awkward jokes from family members, will get asked three personal questions about their love lives from family members, will get into four arguments with family members and will eat “too much” six times.

The survey also showed that eating too much over the holidays will cause 43% of Americans to sleep poorly.

Festive burnout was shown to have a profound effect on our sleeping habits, with 57% saying they sacrifice sleep over the holiday season. In fact, according to the results, Americans lose an hour of sleep every night, on average.

“Losing an hour of sleep at night is not sustainable, especially during the high-stress holiday season,” said Willy Madison, a sleep enthusiast at Slumber Cloud. “That’s why it’s so important to create a bedroom environment designed to keep you from tossing and turning at night and instead enjoying the limited time you do have set aside actually sleeping.”

Over half of Americans (56%) admit to wanting to take a break from the holidays while they’re in full swing, with the average American saying they feel they need a break 10 times throughout the season.

Three out of four Americans consider their bed a “safe haven” from the stress and burnout of the holiday season, with over half (52%) of Americans saying they lose some of their privacy due to hosting friends and family overnight during the holidays.

And if festive burnout is real for you, the study also went on to find some popular ways people try to remedy it.

A nap was the most popular solution, with 51% of respondents considering it a go-to remedy, with Americans fitting in four, on average, during the season.

Relaxing in your bedroom away from all the festivities was another high scorer (45%), along with listening to music (41%) and taking a walk (39%).

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Said Slumber Cloud’s Madison: “This holiday season, give yourself the gift of a great night’s sleep, and you’ll be surprised at how much an impact it makes on your ability to handle ‘festive burnout’ along with those awkward jokes from relatives.”

Top contributors to ‘festive burnout’:
  • Shopping: 65%
  • Crowds: 63%
  • Long lines: 58%
  • Buying presents: 51%
  • Cooking: 48%
  • Knowing gifts to buy: 46%
  • Constant holiday music: 45%
  • Pressure to make Christmas special: 44%
  • Constant holiday commercials: 36%
  • Wrapping presents: 34%
Top 10 remedies for ‘festive burnout’:
  • Nap: 51%
  • Relaxing in bedroom: 45%
  • Break from family: 44%
  • Listening to music: 41%
  • Getting out of house: 40%
  • Taking walk: 39%
  • Reading: 33%
  • Taking time for hobbies: 26%
  • Watching favorite holiday movie: 25%
  • Seeing friends: 24%

This SWNS report previously appeared at NYPost.com.

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