8 tips to recover after a sleepless night, a night of insomnia or a bad night’s sleep
Spending the day at work or taking care of your kids all day after a sleepless night, a night of insomnia or a bad night’s sleep is never easy. Your vigilance will be affected and it is not recommended to drive anywhere after such a terrible night. Even if there are no miracle tips on how to survive after a sleepless night, there are still some tricks to make your life easier. Here are our eight tips for you to recover from a rough night!
Tips for surviving a sleepless night
1. TAKE A LUKEWARM SHOWER
It is likely that the prospect of taking a lukewarm shower (preferably cooler than warm) won’t enchant you much, but it is a good way to tone and rejuvenate yourself after a sleepless night. A cold shower stimulates your blood circulation and awakens your muscles. In short, it gives you a good boost to start the day!
2. HAVE A STRONG COFFEE (OR TEA), BUT ONLY ONE!
Drinking coffee after a sleepless night is recommended, but drinking several cups might be a bad idea and create the opposite effect in stressing and disrupting your body, which is already affected by lack of sleep.
3. TAKE SEVERAL SNACKS AND DO NOT SKIP MEALS
Good healthy foods that are rich in vitamins are your allies after a sleepless night. Yogurt, fruits (especially citrus), vegetables, quinoa, chickpeas, granola bars, nuts and hard-boiled eggs are good food choices.
4. TAKE TIME FOR BREAKS
After a bad night’s sleep, it might be difficult to be productive at work … and that’s okay! Feel free to give yourself a several breaks. If possible, go outside for some fresh air and a walk. Some daylight and light exercise will help you cope.
5. HYDRATE YOURSELF
Dehydration leads to fatigue. So drink water or have hydrating drinks all day! 8 cups of water a day is the required minimum.
6. AVOID TAKING A NAP
Naps after a sleepless night will only worsen your condition. Try to hold out so as not to disrupt your sleep cycle any further. If possible, go to bed at the same time than usual in order to respect your sleep routine.
7. THINK ABOUT SOMETHING ELSE!
Avoid telling your colleagues or your entourage that you had a bad night. This way you will avoid repeating all day how exhausted you feel or focus on your fatigue. Put more emphasis on your work and on conversations with colleagues that will help you stay awake and light hearted.
8. ADOPT A REALISTIC ATTITUDE
Everyone can have a bad day! Alertness and efficiency will of course be affected by your lack of sleep, but do not beat yourself up about it! You don’t want to drag the stress of the previous rough night all through the day and be unable to enjoy a good night’s sleep!
And you, do you have any tips to keep up after a hard night’s sleep?