In response to all the concerns listed on my recent sleep survey, here are my best tips to make it through the day in the best possible state even after getting a bad night’s sleep (and who hasn’t had this problem)?
1. Eat very nutritiously, especially generous amounts of protein – they don’t call it “brain food” for nothing.
2. Stay well hydrated – water, water, and more water.
3. If you possibly can, take a “cat nap” of fifteen minutes to an hour to rest and recharge – a version of this can be meditating, which happens fundamentally in any number of ways, including listening to classical or New Age music, or a guided meditation/hypnosis audio.
4. Take it easy if you possibly can; including don’t make complicated, critical decisions, etc.
5. Try to avoid a lot of “junking out” on sweets, etc. – it will to quite an extent blow what’s left of your energy.
6. Build yourself up – literally – by going for a stroll outside for at least a half hour – this helps ground and gently rebalance you.
7. Discount disquieting thoughts as much as possible – not getting enough sleep throws you off balance, and your thoughts reflect this corresponding “dis-ease” just as an expression of related anxiety without real foundation.
8. Cuddle with whoever – whatever you can “curl up" with – your partner, a child, an animal . . . and that includes the stuffed variety – to soothe yourself and “zone”.
9. Make it a top priority to do everything within your power (and this is generally a lot greater than we think, especially when we feel compromised) to get a great, full, restful night’s sleep the very next night after this – and the night after that, which does go a long way to making up for what you and your body missed!
10. Tell yourself in a way you will unconditionally believe, “This too shall pass” – because guess what - it's true!
. . . and keep well-caring for yourself – you’re so worth it . . . and if not you, who will, then?