Sleep is critical to overall health, but some night’s we just can’t get enough sleep or can’t get good sleep. When that happens, use these nine tips from Huffington Post to help yourself recover from a bad night’s sleep.
- Eat as soon as you wake up
Quality sleep keeps our blood sugar balanced, which helps regulate our hunger levels. When we get a bad night’s rest, our blood sugar is altered which makes us feel hungrier and more likely to eat junk food. To combat this, eat a balanced breakfast with protein as soon as you wake up.
- Get some light
Lights help stimulate you and make you feel more alert. Force yourself to get out of your bed and turn on lights. Go outside for some natural light and Vitamin D.
Get your blood flowing by doing some light exercise. Don’t do anything too intense because that’s bad for health when your body isn’t properly rested. Instead, go on a short walk or do some stretches.
- Do breathing exercises
If you don’t want to exercise, try doing some breathing exercises to help wake yourself up. These will have a similar effect to actually doing a light work out.
- Turn off the heat
Nothing is cozier than a warm bed. Heat makes us sleepy so when you don’t sleep well, you should make yourself chilly by taking a cold shower or turning down the thermostat. This will make you more alert.
- Don’t take a nap
When you don’t sleep well, all you want to do is take a nap to feel refreshed. However, it’s much better to wait until bedtime so you will fall asleep easily and have a solid full night’s rest. If you do need to nap, don’t nap later than 3:00pm and don’t sleep longer than 45 minutes.
Dehydration causes lethargy. Make an effort to drink two to three liters of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and alert.
- Turn your electronics off at night
The lights on our devices can make it harder to fall asleep. To avoid falling into a terrible sleep pattern, turn off the screens once it’s dark out.
- Drink coffee
Coffee is helpful after a bad night’s sleep, just don’t drink any after 2:00pm in the afternoon.