A bad night’s sleep can make you feel crummy 😒 the next day. But that doesn’t have to be the case. These’re 6 tricks to help you recover from a bad night’s sleep so you can survive the day ahead. It’s something that happens to all of us sometimes so these tricks can be helpful to everyone.
1. Hit the Shower
Whether you got in bed too late or just tossed and turned, the first step to recovering from a bad night’s sleep is to hit the shower. A morning shower is always a refreshing way to start the day. It’s even more important when you’re exhausted. It wakes you up and revitalizes you for the day ahead. It’s a great choice for a morning when you’re facing a long day ahead with little rest to go on.
2. Have a Cup of Joe ☕
Caffeine can be both friend and enemy. The trick to getting the benefits from caffeine is all about when you use it. Caffeine is your friend when it’s early in the day and you need a jolt of energy. It’s an enemy in the late afternoon and evening hours because it’ll mess with how well you sleep. But when you’ve missed sleep and you still have to power through then have a cup of coffee, tea or soda.
3. Make Healthy Food Choices Throughout the Day
This’s always true but even more so when you’re exhausted. When you eat poorly, you’re going to feel poorly. Whenever I feel especially yucky, I can usually look back and see my food choices were unhealthy. Do your best to make healthy food choices 🍇 🍗 🍞 when you’ve had a bad night’s sleep. You’re already going to feel badly from not getting enough rest; don’t compound that by eating junk 🍬 🍭 🍫.
4. Catch a Short Nap
One of the best things you can do after a bad night’s sleep is to catch a short nap. You don’t want to sleep for hours because that can mess with your sleep for the night ahead. But catching a half hour to an hour of sleep can be helpful. Set an alarm to wake you up so you don’t sleep longer than you should.
5. Scale Back on Your Day
The day after a bad night’s sleep is not the day to go on a marathon shopping trip or request a meeting with your boss. It’s a day to do the minimum. Look at your day and put off whatever tasks you can. Trying to accomplish more than you feel up to is going to make you stressed and crabby 😠. Wait until you’re well rested before you take on monumental tasks.
6. Get Some Light Exercise
One thing I love about exercise is that it energizes me. In fact, I often find that I’m much more productive on days I work out than on days I don’t. This benefit is one you want to make the most of when you’re exhausted. You don’t have to hit the gym for an hour; a brisk 25 minute walk can do the trick. It can help you push through the day ahead.
7. Turn in Early Tonight
Lastly, don’t allow one bad night of sleep to multiply. Your body needs to recover the sleep it lost. Try to turn in early tonight. If a bad night’s sleep is the norm for you then you may need to look at your sleeping habits to see if there’s a problem there. Try turning off all electronics an hour or so before bed and doing something relaxing instead such as taking a warm bath 🛀 or enjoying some light reading.
These’re 7 tricks to help you recover from a bad night’s sleep. Do you get as much sleep as you need? How do you deal when you’re exhausted?