A crappy night is bound to happen every now and then. Unless you’re a panda, many people, if not most, battle with maintaining a consistent good night’s rest. Sleepless nights can be the result of a number of motive– You may be stressed at work. Family or personal problems could be on your mind. Maybe you’re not active plenty or vice versa. You accidentally had a five-hour date with Netflix after work. Long story short, life happens. Instead of dragging our feet through a sleep-deprived day/s, here is a list compiled of don’ts turned into dos to help you successfully thrive and navigate through your day.
Do set the alarm for your morning wake-up routine. You’ve by this time had a full night of waking up and dozing in and out of sleep. Hitting the map button for five more minutes is only delaying the inevitable. In fact, the snooze button, which allows you to sleep an extra minuscule sum of minutes, may physically make waking up harder and because of that, the process of being fully present may take longer. Snooze button sleeping allows you to think and stress over the lack of sleep that you’ve had, which will lead to a negative start to your day. Snoozing has the possible for causing additional stress because you’re rushing to get ready in order to be on time or stressing over being late. The snooze button is a lose-lose situation. Sleep or no sleep, just GET UP at the regular time and OWN your day.
Do think positively! Just because you’ve had a crappy night of sleep, does not mean the day will automatically revert to being a lousy one. The act of positive thinking is a powerful skill to master in order to navigate through stressful situations, such as tackling the work day’s duties and problems with zero sleep. Dr. Alice Doe, sleep medicine specialist at Medical Center in Kalamazoo, MI, explained to Prevention, “Try not to think too much about the sleepless night or blame it for everything that happens during the day. In time, that can create a negative unification that will result in other sleepless nights. It’s going to be a challenge, but try to make this a ‘glass half full’ kind of day.” With that being said, wear your lucky outfit or favorite watch, throw on your favorite pair of heels along with some fun earrings. Dress for success to be at your best! This may help brighten your mood, which may make it easier to feel more alert and awake.
Do stay hydrated. Before you head out the door, take a moment to drink at least two to three glasses of water. Make sure to continue drinking water throughout the day. Moderate dehydration- on top of the lack of zZzZzZzZ- can make you feel even more sluggish and tired, which can cause some serious lack of concentration.