Sleep is perhaps the most important part of any daily routine. However, all too often sleep is neglected and people will push on throughout the day hoping for the best. So what to do if you don’t get enough sleep at night but still need to make it through the day?
Your body uses sleep as a time for repair and rest. When you do not get enough sleep, you will begin to develop health problems. In order to counteract these health effects, it is suggested that you consume dark colored produce such as broccoli and various berries which are high in vitamins, minerals and of course antioxidants. You may also want to take some supplements on a regular basis as well.
Do not drive when you are exhausted and have not slept enough. Instead, take the public bus system, subway, a taxi or even carpool to work. Many people will even tell you that it is always better to try and sneak past your boss after arriving to work late then to fall asleep behind the wheel of your car on the highway and getting into an accident.
Simply by exposing your body to the sun, the vitamin D levels in your body can increase. If you were to spend 15 minutes in the morning, in the sun, along with a regular intake of vitamin B, you will be able to fight many of the symptoms associated with fatigue.
Don’t eat big, instead eat numerously. What this means is that instead of eating a single large meal, eat a number of smaller snacks, spread out throughout the day. This helps to regulate the sugar levels in your blood and thus gives you more energy throughout the day to complete even the most mundane of tasks.
All too often, people resort to caffeine as a response to fatigue. However, this is not the right regimen and it can actually be down-right dangerous to your health. Caffeine is a false sense of energy which causes you to burn off too much energy in too short of a period of time. This is not good, so instead try eating energy food like nuts or oranges or berries.
Sunlight cannot be overstated. By taking a short walk or simply exposing yourself to natural sunlight, your energy levels can increase dramatically.
If it is possible, take some short catnaps throughout the day. Sure if you work in an office this may not be possible, but you can take a rest during your breaks and it is possible to get plenty of rest even during a ten to fifteen minute break.
But you also need to take the time to prepare. Do not stay up or out all night. Instead, prepare your bed early and when the time comes, slip off to sleep. Stop watching those late-night talk shows too. Sometimes, even staying up until the evening news is too late.
And above all, always remember that old adage, “Early to bed, early to rise!”