Now that Thanksgiving has passed we’re in the thick of holiday stressors; there are relatives to host, gifts to buy, and parties to attend. Sometimes it feels like the to-do list is never-ending and the stress of getting it all done is enough to keep some up at night. Here are a few ideas to run at your maximum potential if you fall behind on sleep.
Prioritize your tasks, pushing off those that can be done tomorrow
Because your brain isn’t functioning on all cylinders after a night of poor sleep, it’s a good idea to focus on doing a few tasks well instead of trying to finish your entire to-do list. Lighten your load and try not to stress out.
Take breaks for exercising, soaking up sunshine, and napping
Exercise stimulates your brain, so get in a walk, but avoid pushing yourself too hard to avoid injuries. Exposing yourself to sunshine will promote wakefulness and naturally give you a boost. If you have time to get in a nap, make sure to keep it to 20-25 minutes or you’ll slip into REM sleep. Waking up mid-REM cycle will leave you feeling worse than you did before you fell asleep.
Water can help ward off some of the symptoms of insomnia, such as mild dehydration. To stay focused, drink a few extra glasses of water, especially if you plan to be outside or exercising.
Drink some caffeine (but not too much)
While up to two cups of coffee can give you a boost, drinking too much caffeine can make you jittery. It’s a good idea to stay away from energy drinks too; an article published by U.S. News Health suggests that they can lead to heart abnormalities. To avoid problems falling asleep at night, WebMD suggests avoiding caffeine after 4pm.
Use your miniCPAP™ to maximize your quality of sleep
If you’re constantly being woken up by your sleep apnea, there’s no chance you’ll get the sound sleep your body needs. Make sure to take your miniCPAP with you if you’re traveling for the holidays, and you’ll wake up feeling like your best self.
Finally, get back on your normal sleep schedule as soon as possible. You can’t make up for lost time when it comes to sleep, but you can put your best foot forward in getting a great night’s sleep tonight.
1Miller, Ann Medaris. "Are Energy Drinks Really That Bad?" US News. U.S.News & World Report, 16 Jan. 2015. Web. 09 Dec. 2015.