Are you starving for sleep? Whether if it’s a new baby, a research paper, a late night out or insomnia that has robbed you of your sleep, everyone’s had to push through a day or two running without sleep. Here are some tips to help you to get through the day:
Look your Best
Ok, so you feel like a zombie resurrected from the grave and warmed over to live another day but you don’t have to look like one. After a sleepless night, it’s tempting to pack up the bags under your eyes and head straight to work or school in your pajamas. Don’t do it. Take the time to take care of yourself: shower, wash your face, do your hair. If you look fresh, you’re going to feel fresh as well.
Keep it Quiet
Don’t stagger into work announcing your lack of sleep to win pity. Besides the fact that you probably won’t get it, complaining to others about how tired you are will only remind you that you’re exhausted. If you don’t talk about it, you’ll forget yourself, and before you know it, you’ll have survived the day.
Sure, you know to guzzle coffee and maybe even slam an energy drink, but eating well is critical as well. Stay away from carb-rich foods that will slow you down and make you sleepy. Instead stick to healthy, protein-rich choices. Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables (especially those rich in reds and dark greens like spinach, raspberries or apples). Additionally, remember that coffee and other caffeinated beverages can be helpful only in moderation. So remember to balance them with plenty of water and vitamin-rich fruit juice.
When you’re exhausted from a sleepless night, exercise probably seems like the last thing you want to do. It may sound ironic, but staying active is key. This doesn’t mean you have to run a marathon, but make a conscious effort to keep active. Get moving when you can. If you have to be sitting at work, use your break time to go on a walk, or take the long way to the water fountain–anything to keep your blood pumping and body awake.
Stay Mentally Engaged
If you’ve ever sat through a boring lecture or tried to stay awake on a long car ride, you know that idleness is the most efficient sleeping pill. So try to stay mentally engaged to remain awake. When your body is low on energy, it’s tempting to put out minimal effort, but the best way to smash sleepiness is to stay busy. Apply yourself to the task and keep your mind active.
Mind Over Mattress
In the end, wearing through a sleepless day is entirely a matter of self-talk. Simply trick your body into feeling rested by telling yourself that you are. Think positively about yourself and the state of your body, and you’ll be surprised how you can survive with missing a day or two without sleep.