Have you ever had a sleepless night? Who hasn’t, right?
No matter how dedicated you are to logging your eight hours, sometimes less-than-stellar sleep is inevitable.
But dragging all day just isn’t practical, at least not in my hectic life. I’ll bet it isn’t in yours either.
But back away from the energy drinks and coffee… they will just make you wired, and tired again later. Instead, I’ve found some great eye-opening tips that can help you fake it ’til you wake it.
Some are fun, and some are downright silly. But they all work for me. Here are a few of my favorites:
Practice your posture
Walk around the living room with a book poised on top of your head. Poor posture compresses your lungs, depriving the body of oxygen. Balancing the book forces you to stand up straight. An added bonus: Catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror and see how silly you look. The sound of your laughter may even perk up the neighbors!
Color you awake
Swap out your neutral clothing for something red, yellow or orange. These types of colors stimulate emotional centers in the brain that make us feel more upbeat and cheerful.
Drink up – even if you’re not thirsty
Dehydration is a major factor when it comes to fatigue. If you’re thirsty, that means it’s already too late. Drink throughout the day so you never get to that dehydrated state. Throw slices of lemon and lime in your water to really liven things up.
Let there be light!
Throw open the shades, or turn on all the lights in the room. Melatonin, the hormone that tells us when it’s time to go to sleep, can’t be produced in the presence of bright light.
When you’re under stress, breathing becomes shallow and blood may be low in oxygen and high in carbon monoxide, making you feel foggy. Try this trick to breathe deeper: Every time the phone rings, imagine bringing your breath all the way up from your feet. It may sound odd, but it will force you to take more full breaths throughout the day.
Crank it up
Put some rock music on your iPod and bust-a-move. Get your kids in on the action if you can. Mine love this trick!
Wash your face
Use peppermint soap, or put a few drops of peppermint essential oil on a wet washcloth and breathe in the vapors.
Work it out
You knew I’d sneak in a way to recommend exercise, right? But just five minutes of aerobic activity can bring oxygen to the muscles, putting more pep in your step. Try jumping rope or a dash up and down the steps. Or just stand up and stretch.
Step away from the cookie jar!
You may want to dive deep into a bowl of Oreos when you’re exhausted, but a sugary carbohydrate will enter your bloodstream quickly then leave just as fast. That will send your blood sugar crashing. And drive you straight under the covers. Instead: grab a handful of raw almonds or healthy trail mix. Protein will help stabilize your blood sugar and increase dopamine production, a brain chemical that helps you stay alert.
I hope you enjoyed my slump-busting tips. Do you have a trick that helps keep you perked up during the day? I’d love to hear about it!
And most importantly… get some sleep! These are only short-term solutions for when you haven’t received enough shut eye. Studies are clear that lack of sleep can lead to a myriad of health issues, plus make it almost impossible to lose weight.
Steve Sisskind, M.D.
Hi, I'm Dr. Steve Sisskind, Chief Medical Officer & Founder at RealDose Nutrition.
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