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Treat Yourself Right After a Sleepless Night

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.

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    • 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.

    If you have been having trouble sleeping, what has helped you make it through the day? Share your tips in the comments section below.


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i got about 30 minutes of sleep last night and i'm not sure why - but i can certainly tell you that my friday was a horrible day - i did not want to go to work...and i didn't even get in my lunch time workout cause i couldn't do it. :( i guess the fact that i walk more than 1/2 a mile to the subway every day made me feel like at least i got a mile in...but that's certainly not enough for me - so hopefully i can get a lot of sleep tonight and work out HARD tomorrow to make up for it.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
I was going to say the same thing, I have to take a 25 minute nap otherwise I'm just gonna pass out at dinner.
mtiger mtiger 8 years
Oh it is soo hard to not take a nap when you slept bad the night before! I'm guilty of this...but only on the weekends!
Allytta Allytta 8 years
ear plugs are the answer for me. you can hear your heart beat in them and that is very relaxing.
Spectra Spectra 8 years
OMG, this was so me on Saturday night. I wasn't feeling great and I had a bit of a fever, so I was in bed sweating and not able to sleep at all. I had to work on Sunday, so during my breaks I walked on the treadmill and drank tea instead of extra coffee. I didn't take a nap after work, but I DID sleep really well last night to make up for it!
ElleJay ElleJay 8 years
this sounds like me for the past couple nights and i've broken about every single one of those rules ! :(
millarci millarci 8 years
Yea I will be staying up to see the Phillies vs. Tampa! Go Phils! After that I will get more sleep. LMAO!
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 8 years
*Before Game 5 of course ;)
Chaoticfury Chaoticfury 8 years
I've had two restless nights of my own doing: the World Series! It was worth the grogginess after last night's game. Let's go Phillies!I'll skip the latte today and go to Tai Chi class tonight.
Angela123 Angela123 8 years
Fit, are you reading my mind? I've been having major trouble sleeping lately, for various reasons! I already do the light exercise thing (running stairs on my lunch hour) but these other tips are great!
Dana18 Dana18 8 years
sound advice. I will try some of these.
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