I’ve been having trouble sleeping lately so I really appreciate today’s guest post by Carlo Pandian. Even if you normally sleep well, you might like to read this post for future reference or send it on over to someone you know who’s experiencing sleep issues.
There is nothing worse than waking up with an alarm shrieking in your ear, absolutely certain that you only fell asleep twenty minutes previously. Equally bad is watching the clock tick slowly through the small hours, as you lie awake in bed, tossing and turning and unable to fall asleep. You drag yourself to work, but by the time midday rolls around your eyelids feel like they need propping open with matchsticks and you can hardly stand up straight you are so tired.
So what can you do to get through the day without falling apart?
Enjoy a Power Nap
When we have had a bad night’s sleep, the best solution is to try and make up the shortfall and have a nap. Obviously if you are at work, this is not such a great idea – your boss is unlikely to be very amused if he walks in and finds you fast asleep on the floor.
However, if you can take some time out, or if you have a private office, try resting your head on the desk and taking a power nap for fifteen minutes. A short power nap will rejuvenate you and help keep you going until bedtime.
Be careful not to sleep for any longer than thirty minutes – too much sleep and you end up in ‘deep sleep’, which will leave you groggy and disoriented.
Take Some Exercise
It may sound counter intuitive when all you want to do is fall asleep, but sometimes exercise can help to revive the mind and body. A short session at the gym before work might kick start your day and blow away the cobwebs, or if you are struggling after a heavy morning, go out for a short power walk or run at lunchtime to clear your head.
Go Out for Some Fresh Air
Staying indoors in a warm room when you are tired is fatal. You are pretty much guaranteed to fall asleep and even more so if the room is poorly lit. It can be disastrous if you need to sit in a meeting for a couple hours when you have had a poor night’s sleep, so if you don’t have time to slip out for a brisk walk in the fresh air, open the windows and let the fresh air come to you.
Try a Caffeine Kick
When you are so tired you can’t think straight, a strong dose of coffee might be enough to energize you for a few hours. Caffeine is a powerful stimulant and if you drink enough of it, it will soon wake you up. Of course coffee isn’t the only drink that contains caffeine, so if you hate coffee, try coke or an energy drink with extra caffeine. Just be careful not to overdose on the stuff or you will be climbing the walls by bedtime.
Make sure you get a Good Night’s Sleep at the End of the Day
One disturbed night is not going to harm you and as long as you make sure you catch up on your sleep-debt over the course of the next few days, you will be back to normal in no time. However, if a lack of sleep becomes a regular thing, sleep deprivation can build up and cause all manner of problems.
Obviously if your lack of sleep is caused by having a new baby in the house, there is very little you can do other than try and take naps wherever possible, but if you are experiencing sleep problems regularly with no apparent cause, then book yourself in for a health assessment as soon as possible to rule out the possibility of any underlying health problems.
About the Author
Carlo Pandian is a freelance writer and reviews healthcare services from Blossoms Healthcare health assessments to the latest skin treatments. When he’s not online, he loves hanging around East London to buy second-hand clothes.
These are great tips to get over a bad night’s sleep. Instead of caffeine, I’ve used concentrated Ginseng. Do you have any tips to share with us about how we can cope the next day after having a bad night’s sleep?