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6 Tips to Survive the Day After a Night of No Sleep

Jay Long

I’ve had so much on my mind lately that I haven’t been getting the sleep that I need to function, which has made life a challenge. This morning I tried a couple of things on this list from Yahoo Shine and believe it or not, I wasn’t dragging as much today as the past couple of days. Hey, you never know- it’s worth giving it a try!

1. Drink a tall glass of cold water.
I don’t know about you, but the first thing I grab in the morning is a cup of coffee. But a glass of water is actually one of the best things for your body when it’s tired. Not only should you drink water as soon as your wake up, but chug it down during the day to stay hydrated.

2. Go for a walk.
Going for a walk is a little hard when you’ve got to be up and bright eyed first thing in the morning, but I found a way to do it. Instead of sitting in my chair all morning, I walked around the studio during songs and it definitely perked me up.

3. Eat a healthy breakfast.
I’m the biggest offender when it comes to eating breakfast. If I have to pick between and extra 5 minutes of sleep or a bowl of cereal, sleep always wins. But this morning I made some oatmeal and ate it while working so that sleep wasn’t lost. The experts are right- a healthy breakfast is the way to go because I found that I wasn’t as starving at 10am when those hunger pains usually hit.

4. Take a power nap.
Napping is something that would be wonderful if we could do at work, but most of us don’t work in a place where we can pull that off. In the past I’ve been known to shut the door to my office, unplug my phone and set an alarm for 20 minutes then lay my head on my desk and catch a power nap. I’m convinced it’s called a power nap because it’s true- 20 minutes of dozing off gives a surge of power and energy that was drained before.

5. Have some caffeine.
If you don’t drink coffee on a regular basis, don’t start chugging it down like it’s going out of business because it’ll  make you jittery. But, if you’re a coffee drinker, do so in moderation (something I’m working on). Caffeine is a stimulant, so it can definitely help.

6. Take a (cold) shower.
I’ve found that if I didn’t get a good night’s sleep, hopping into a cold shower jolts my body to attention and sends a power surge through me. I just don’t recommend doing this on winter mornings. That’s just asking to be miserable.

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