At some point or another we have all pulled an all-nighter or experienced a difficult night’s sleep. We wake up feeling groggy and are fatigued for the remainder of the day.
Sleep is important for your overall health; it recharges your brain, promotes the repair of cells and helps with weight loss.
According to research, we spend approximately 33 percent of our lives asleep. Most Americans find that one extra hour of sleep at night is valuable and 50 percent of Americans say that they would feel frustrated if they lost an hour of sleep at night and it wasn’t by choice.
They also explain, for millions of people, the consequences of a poor night’s sleep cause higher stress, difficulty concentrating and increased mistakes. But the most dangerous consequence – sleep deprivation. It has the ability to cause accidents, depression, weight gain, aging and forgetfulness.
For those of you who find it difficult to fall asleep, it’s important to educate yourself on the things you shouldn’t do before bed. For instance, drinking caffeine, eating chocolate and playing video games may disrupt your sleep and cause you to stay awake longer than intended.
Get back on track after a sleepless night with these tips.
Drink a lot of water- Dehydration is dangerous, it makes you even more tired and can ultimately result in confusion, irritability, low blood pressure, fever, muscle cramps and racing heartbeat. Drink water right when you wake up and before, during and after you exercise. Also avoid caffeinated and alcoholic beverages.
Turn up the A.C.- Warmer temperatures are said to make you drowsier, therefore turn up the A.C. to keep yourself awake. This is also a no-effort way to burn calories – spending time in cooler temperatures has been proven to boost calorie burn up to 30 percent.
Take a nap- The best remedy for a sleepless night is a short nap during the day. It will help increase your alertness, improve your concentration and ultimately help you push through the rest of the day. According to the National Sleep Foundation, it is recommended you nap for 20-30 minutes for short-term alertness. “This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.”
Stay away from sugar- After consuming foods/drinks that contain sugar you may feel awake and more active. But the truth is that it won’t be long until the sugar wares off and you will likely suffer from a “sugar crash,” making you even more tired than you felt before.