How To Recover From a Sleepless Night
All of us have a bad night’s sleep every now and then. Sometimes there’s a worry that we just can’t shake. Or maybe we stayed up binge watching our favourite Netflix series. It’s exhausting getting through a day without enough sleep. But that extra-large coffee isn’t going to help you get back on track. Here are five easy tips to get you snoozing again:
- Stick to Your Regular Sleep Schedule While it’s tempting to dive under the covers when your alarm goes off, an extra hour of sleep isn’t going to make you feel any better. By waking up and going to bed around the same time every day, you’re programming your body and mind for a good night’s sleep.
- Don’t Nap Sleep patterns are learned behavior, and it only takes a few days to create a new, unhealthy sleep pattern. Dozing off in the middle of the day disrupts your normal sleep routine and can cause you to have trouble falling asleep that night.
- Get Outside Feel the sun on your face and suppress your body’s production of melatonin, a sleep hormone that makes you feel groggy. Exposure to light helps your internal body clock keep to its normal time, helping you feel awake during the day and sleepy at night.
- Get Moving Boost your energy level by going for a brisk walk or light jog in the sunshine. Just don’t overexert yourself and become even more fatigued.
- Avoid Caffeine Don’t give in and grab an extra cup of coffee or chocolatey treat. The rush is short lived, and can disrupt the good night’s sleep you’ve been dreaming of all day. It’s best to avoid caffeine at least six hours before bedtime.
If sleeplessness becomes a recurring problem, talk to your doctor about getting help.