There are so many things keeping me up at night these days: the economy, the election, one of my girls having bad dreams, and the other having a 24-hour flu. The day following a restless night can be pretty brutal. Nighttime tossing and turning can be frustrating, making your routine the following day feel monumental. Here are some tips for making it through the day and ensuring that sleep does not elude you two nights in a row.
- Don't drink extra caffeine. You might be tempted to wake yourself up with a second cup of joe or some black tea, but don't give in to the temptation. Caffeine has a half-life and can remain in your system, preventing you from sleeping later on.
- Do eat. Missing meals will further drain your energy, but do eat healthy and nutritious foods. Choose nuts and fruits as a snack over a cookie.
- Do not nap. Upon returning home from work, the sofa will probably look inviting, but napping now could interfere with your ability to sleep well later. And that is something you really want to avoid.
- Do get some light exercise. Go for a brisk walk on your lunch hour, after work, or after dinner. The fresh air will help clear your mind, and the exercise will help tire you out a bit.
- Do not drink alcohol with dinner. Although alcohol is a depressant, drinking it before bed increases your chances of waking up in the middle of the night.
- Do relax in a hot bath. The drop in body temperature that occurs after a soak can make you feel sleepy. Plus relaxing before bed should help bring on the Zs.
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If you have been having trouble sleeping, what has helped you make it through the day? Share your tips in the comments section below.