Whether you get occasional insomnia or if your brain goes into overdrive as soon as your head hits the pillow stressing about your morning meeting, some evenings, the sandman simply forgets to drop by. The day after a sleepless night is often worse than the night itself. Here are a few tips and tricks that will allow you to be fully functional after a sleepless night.
1. Eat light
When we are tired, we tend to crave sugar-rich, high-carb foods because they are a practically an instant source of energy. But anything that causes a spike in your insulin level will make you sleepy afterwards - so to avoid at all costs. Choose light meals consisting of whole grains, lean protein, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
2. Avoid Coffee
What?! Yes, you read right. The anti-fatigue effects of caffeine are usually short-lived: when the initial jolt passes, more and more caffeine is needed to regain a sense of energy and clarity of mind. Drink plenty of water, herbal tea, green juices, etc.
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3. Get out
If you can, walk to the office, get off the bus or subway a stop before yours or take a brisk walk during your lunch break. Being out in the daylight will help you be more alert and boost your cognitive functions.
4. Get your hardest tasks done first
You will be tempted to start with the easiest tasks - just to give yourself a bit of time to wake up and then get on the tasks that will require the most focus. It's a trap! Early on in the day, you are more alert than you will be all day. Your concentration level from here will then only decrease - make good use of it will it lasts.
5. Stick to your regular routine
The temptation to hit the "snooze" button on your alarm in the morning will be as strong as the temptation of throwing yourself into bed as soon as you get home, but you must not give in! Follow your regular schedule and sleep at your usual time. Chances are you will have a much better night's sleep than you did the night before.