1 in 4 Americans struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep every year. If you are captured in this static you should find comfort in numbers!
That said, there are a couple of things that you can do to ensure that you are still able to function productively the next day.
The trick is to identify your trigger points and nip them in the bud before they derail you.
Let’s dive in!
1. Avoid hitting the snooze button
Your alarm has just gone off and you discover that you have not had any decent shut eye all through the night. Instinctively, you hit the snooze button hoping to catch some quality 5 minutes of sleep.
That will never work; five minutes will not make up for a full night of tossing and turning in bed.
Unless you have at least a full hour, you are better off getting out of bed and grabbing a cup of coffee or green juice, suit yourself.
Other beverages that will boost your energy include bone broth, tomato juice, berry juice, or ginger tea.
However, start with a glass or two of water. Infusing the water with lemon or apple cider vinegar will add the extra oomph needed to keep you invigorated and awake.
2. Avoid boredom at all costs
This is not a day to engage in humdrum activities as you will not be productive at all. If you have to work, try to spice up your work routine by focusing on the exciting bits of your work.
What happens if you cannot alter the boring nature of your work?
A simple yoga stretch might be all you need to help you get through a rather boring work routine. A brisk walk or gentle aerobics could also help in keeping you focused.
4. Frequent Light Meals
This is not the day to feast on a heavy carbohydrate meal. Instead, go for light meals that boost your energy without triggering sleep. Nuts, fish, bananas, oatmeal, dark chocolate, and cheese are all good foods to snack on.
5. Play music that increases brain power
Classical music, counterintuitively, may help to keep you awake on one of those days. This kind of music has a way of stimulating the brain by causing a spike in dopamine levels.
If you are a chronic insomnia, consider revamping your collection of Beethoven and Vivaldi!