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Not Enough Sleep? Try These Tips!

By Donna Stark

We all know that sleep is a crucial part of achieving optimal health and fitness, but for most people, it’s not always possible to log in the recommended amount of hours every night. And it doesn’t matter whether you are losing sleep from work, family, health issues, or social commitments, because you always end up feeling the same way the next morning. Tired. Sluggish. Foggy. It’s difficult to get ahead of days like that, but there are some strategies to help you overcome your previous night’s sleep deprivation.

Dealing with Loss of Sleep the Smart Way

When you are sleep deprived, it can be harder to think clearly and make the right decisions. It’s also hard to remain productive and even-tempered. So the next time your shuteye is cut short, try these tips to keep the day flowing as best as it can.

  • Stick with your routines - Routines are an important component of the day because they help with remaining focused, structured, and productive no matter how tired you are. So wake up as you normally do and start the motions like it’s any other day.
  • Eat the right foods - Breakfast is key, but make sure to not load up on too many carbohydrates or caffeine because you certainly don’t need an energy crash later in the day. Instead, choose something with lean protein and fiber to keep you energized and full.
  • Perk up your water - Add some spring to your step by staying hydrated with flavored water. You can do this by infusing your water with fruit and veggies such as lemon, oranges, or cucumbers.
  • Head outdoors - Our bodies crave daylight and by getting some first thing in the morning, you can begin your day on the right foot. That’s because daylight offers natural energy which helps the body wake up quicker and easier.
  • Watch your lunch portions - Don’t have a Thanksgiving-sized meal for lunch on a day that you are fighting drowsiness. Keep your lunch light and have a healthy snack later in the afternoon if you need to.
  • Choose healthy snacks - Instead of heading to the vending machine for a soda and some candy or chips, choose something healthier! Snack on some slow-digesting carbs or proteins to keep your energy levels stable throughout the afternoon.
  • Take a nap - It has been shown that choosing to nap is more beneficial than loading up on caffeine or energy drinks, so set aside 20 to 30 minutes in the afternoon and take a rest!

Don’t Lose More Than Sleep

Having a rough night or staying up too late happens to all of us for many different reasons, but if it’s important to you to stay ahead of the game the next day, consider using some of these strategies. Nothing can ever really replace high-quality sleep, but in times of need, these can definitely help your day run smoother!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C.

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