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How to Recover From a Bad Night's Rest

By Brandi Goodman 

A good night's rest can help you to feel energetic and ready to take on the day. Suffice it to say, poor sleep at night will have the opposite effect. You'll likely feel fatigued, irritable, and have no desire to get up and going. A bad night's rest can be detrimental to your health -- especially if it happens over and over again. You need to learn how to recover so you can still make the most of your day and remain as healthy as possible.

Get in the Sun

Staying inside all day after you just slept poorly the night before won't do you any favors. Your body needs to be exposed to sunlight so it realizes it's time to be awake. It will get in tune with the natural circadian rhythm where light means it's time to be awake and dark means it's time for sleep. Try to walk or bike to work if you can or at least make it outside on your lunch break.

Drink Lots of Water

Your body needs to stay hydrated so it can function efficiently. If you pair poor sleep with dehydration you'll feel even more rundown. Little water in your system means a slow functioning body. Take a bottle of water with you and keep it full throughout the day so you can get the hydration you need. It will allow you to keep your energy up without the feelings of jitters or shakiness that can develop after an energy drink or caffeine. 

Eat Nutritious Meals and Snacks

You can't run out the door with a Pop-Tart or stop for fast food and think it will give you energy. You're already tired from a restless night. You need nutritious meals and snacks throughout your day to keep your mind and body energized. Many fast food options and processed junk will have you crashing quickly -- adding to your feelings of fatigue. You need eggs, a banana, an apple, brown rice, fish, or some yogurt to get yourself through the day. These foods keep you full and fuel your body so you can have the energy you need.

It can sometimes prove tough to recover from a bad night's rest. You have to try, though. Learn to recover so you can manage to make it through your day a little easier. You'll also be more likely to get better sleep once you figure out how to handle it a poor experience.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Noblesville, Ind.

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