Progress, procrastination, and late-night binge sprees have been wreaking havoc on our sleeping habits for way too long. Ask anyone around you if they could use a nap and you’ll always hear a yes. But sadly, after each late night, comes an early morning when we need to be productive again. So how can we put on our most-awake self until we get back to bed? This is how.
No to food, yes to drinks
Dehydration is a lot more common after experiencing a white night, so drinking a lot of water is even more important than usual. While it contains no caffeine, sugar, or other substances you might want to consume, it will improve the overall function of your body. Sure, you might need to use the bathroom a little more than usual, but walking to and from the restroom will only contribute to your staying awake.
It is no secret that everyone could use a nap after having a large meal. So don’t. Opt for smaller portions and avoid “heavy” types of food, like pasta or potatoes. Instead, go with fruits, vegetables, or anything rich in protein like eggs or beans.
Stick to your priorities
We aren’t performing our best when we are tired. That much we know. And since we have limited energy after a sleepless night, we need to be more efficient with it. Don’t lose track of your priorities and push to the beginning of your day the tasks that must be done. Don’t trouble yourself with anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. Sure, you might not produce your best work after a night of re-watching your favorite episodes of “Friends,” but at least you’ll be able to cross some things off your to-do list.
Know your breaks
Instead of fighting your fatigue all through your workday, which will leave you both tired and miserable, pepper your schedule with small breaks and stick to them. They don’t have to be major, about 10 minutes every two hours could do. Take a walk outside, meditate, or just rest your head against your desk to help yourself focus.