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6 Tips to Survive the Day After a Night of No Sleep

Jay Long
Jay Long

I’ve been running in so many circles lately that by the time I crawl into bed, I’m finding it nearly impossible to shut off my brain and get the sleep that I need to function. So, I went on a quest to see if I could find a solution to my zombie-like daytime personality and stumbled on some suggestions from Everyday Health on things to do to survive the day following a sleepless night. I’ve been putting some of these things into practice and you know what? I’m not dragging as much as I was!

Will these tips work for you? I don’t know, but it can’t hurt to try- especially if you’ve reached the point of desperation.


Drink Water


I don’t know about you, but the first thing I grab in the morning is a cup of coffee. However, a glass of water is really one of the best things for your body when it’s tired. Water will keep you hydrated and you shouldn’t just drink a cool glass when you wake up, but try to drink water through the day.


Go For a Walk


I get it, trust me, I do. Going for a walk when you have to be at work before the sun even wakes up is really tough (not to mention not very safe), but I this morning, I’ve been walking around the studio during songs and I’ve noticed that moving around has definitely perked me up.


Eat Breakfast


I’m the biggest offender when it comes to eating breakfast- it’s never been a meal I’ve enjoyed, but my husband made breakfast for dinner for him and our son and there were leftovers, so yesterday morning I made a plate and while breakfast still isn’t my favorite meal of the day, I did notice that I wasn’t starving at 10am, when I usually am.


Take a Power Nap


I think it would be amazing if we were able to take little naps at work. I mean, countries like Italy, Mexico, and, Ecuador do! Most American employers would absolutely frown on work naps, though. At past places of employment, I was known to shut the door to my office, unplug my phone and set an alarm for 20 minutes then lay my head on my desk and catch a power nap. I’m convinced it’s called a power nap because it’s true- just 20 minutes of sleep gives this surge of  power and energy that was drained before.


Have Some Caffeine


If you drink caffeine regularly, you don’t want to start chugging it because you’ll get the jitters, but if you are a lover of caffeine, allow yourself an extra cup or two of coffee and see if it helps.


Take a Cold Shower


I’m not a fan of cold showers, but I’ve learned the value of a good cold shower. If I didn’t get a good sleep but hop in a cold shower, my body is jolted to attention and power surges through my veins.


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