We all know the effects that a bad night’s sleep can have on us – the combo of irritability, feeling less productive and constantly yawning never makes for a great day at work. But there are steps you can take to help your body and mind recover until it’s time to hit the sack again…
Start your day the right way
Relaxing in bed for longer after waking up from a shocking night’s sleep may seem like a good idea, but it’s vital to jump out of bed and wake up your body. Open your curtains and windows to let in light and fresh air, and fuel up for the day with a healthy balanced breakfast.
Don’t get hooked on caffeine
Although the first thing we want to do when we’re tired is reach for the coffee, it’s not the answer – caffeine is only a short-term solution. Consuming too much can make you feel sleepy after a while. Instead, opt for water, and keep moving throughout the day, rather than sitting in one place.
You might feel as if you want to rest your head on your desk for a quiet five minutes, but it’ll benefit you to stay active as much as you can. Walking around your office whenever possible can help to stop you feeling sleepy in front of your screen, and a lunchtime walk in the fresh air is key.
Try and get a nap in
Try to take a quick nap during the day, even if it’s only five minutes. After all, what our bodies are calling out for when we’re tired is sleep – and closing your eyes for just a few minutes will help your brain to relax.
Once you’ve managed to get through the day without falling asleep at your desk, take time in the evening to wind down properly, rather than rushing straight to bed. Eating dinner and going to bed at your usual time will help you to stick to your normal routine.
Do you have any tips on recovering from a bad night's sleep? We'd love to hear your suggestions!