Poor Sleep? Here's How to Recover in the Morning
By Genevieve Cunningham
Everyone has been through a night of poor sleep before. Maybe you have a hard time falling asleep. Maybe you toss and turn all night. Maybe your dreams are vivid and restless. Whatever the case may be, poor sleep means we wake up tired and in a bad mood. If this only happens once in a while, it's probably not affecting your overall health too bad -- but it is affecting your day. It's making the day -- your job, your relationships, and everything else -- so much more difficult. But don't worry too much; there are things that we can do to help ourselves recuperate from a bad night's sleep. If you need to let go of bad sleep and improve your day, take a look at these tips for recovering first thing in the morning.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast
If you're already feeling drained first thing in the morning, make sure you're eating a nutritious breakfast. A healthy breakfast can help make up for drained energy. It can also help with your mood as well as focus for the rest of the day. Include some healthy veggies, some protein, and a little water to your breakfast, and you can help turn your poor sleep around -- at least for a little while.
Get a Good, Long Stretch
When we don't get good sleep, we often wake up sore. Our muscles -- especially in the neck and back -- are likely to feel tight. And this makes our body feel even more fatigued, and it also contributes to a poor mood. Take some time to get a good, long, deep stretch. It doesn't have to be yoga or anything planned out. But listen to your body and allow the tension to release with each pose. This can really help you relax before starting your day.
Schedule a Nap
If you didn't sleep well, it might be necessary to get a little more sleep later in the day. If you can find a little time -- even if it's your lunch -- schedule yourself a little nap. A simple 20 to 30 minutes can make a huge difference in your energy, focus, and mood. And if you schedule it first thing, you'll have something to look forward to when the fatigue hits later in the day.
Everyone has trouble sleeping from time to time. We all have those nights when we toss and turn. We all have those moments when sleep just eludes us. But one night of poor sleep doesn't have to ruin your whole day. Use these tips to recover the next morning, and you can turn your mood and health around for a better day.
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