Everybody has the occasional night of poor sleep. Whether you stayed up late to binge-watch or cheer on your favorite team, or went out for a drink with friends, it’s normal to have these occurrences.
Of course, you’ll never feel great the next day.
But you can bounce back with the right strategy to stay energized through the day and get back on track the next night.
Here’s how you can beat a night of inadequate sleep:
Drink water: Instead of beelining for the coffee, first take down a bottle of water. A glass of cold water helps you hydrate and wake up your body, especially if it’s cold.
Once the water is in you, fire up the coffeemaker, so your brain catches up to your body.
Get out of bed: A late-night can lead to a sleep-in, but that might not be the best strategy to set you up for your next night’s sleep. Instead, get up and go about your day. If you have the opportunity, take a short nap during the day. If not, go to bed a little earlier to sleep through until the following day.
Prioritize: One bad night of sleep is not the end of the world, but it may require you to shuffle some things around the next day. If you have something, for example, that requires you to be 100%, try to reschedule and save it for a day when you’re fresh.
Get some light: Getting some natural light early in the day can also help set you up with more energy and recalibrate your circadian rhythm. If you can’t get outside, at least open some windows.
Light exercise: A walk or any movement can also help build some energy to carry you through the day and set you up for better sleep at night. Just don’t get moving too close to bed!