6 Ways to Get Through the Day On No Sleep

Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 4.14.31 AMInsomnia happens. Combine caregiving with midlife hormones and Bam! some nights you find yourself binge watching The Good Wife or trying to chase those 3 a.m. demons from your mind. (Why is it always 3 a.m.?) But in the morning, the alarm goes off as scheduled and you still need to function. Here are 6 ways to get through the day after a sleepless night.

  1. Start with coffee. The caffeine boost will get you going.
  2. Drink lots of water. You may be tempted to stick with coffee or other caffeinated beverages all day, but don’t skimp on water. Staying hydrated will make you feel better.
  3. Go outside and move. Exercise may feel like the last thing you want to do, but the combination of air and movement will help you feel refreshed.
  4. Avoid driving. Try to avoid driving. Can you work from home? Take public transportation? Rearrange your schedule? Do whatever you can in order to spend as little time as possible behind the wheel.
  5. Take a nap. Find a quiet place and set the alarm on your smart phone for 20 minutes. That’s just enough time to make you feel better. If you drink coffee right before you sleep, you will wake up just as the caffeine is kicking in.
  6. Conceal those dark circles. You feel better when you look better. Apply some Benefit Eye Bright to the Screen Shot 2016-01-29 at 4.17.57 AMinner corners of your eyes. As the cosmetics company states, “It’s like a nap in a stick.”




8 comments on “6 Ways to Get Through the Day On No Sleep”

  1. Carla Reply

    It took me years to realize the benefits of number two 🙂 I had a child who refused to sleep and at 10 is only now relenting 🙂
    As much as caffeine makes the more intellectual sense I’ve found super water hydrating helps much more

  2. Andrea B. Reply

    Ugh – sleepless nights are so rough! I had one the other night and just could not settle in. The worst!

    Great tips, though. Especially the water reminder. It’s a given that I’ll go for coffee, but water is really what helps the most.

    • admin Reply

      Andrea, I wrote that tip to remind myself. Too many sleepless nights followed by steady coffee and Diet Coke = disgusting. Water is the way to go.

  3. Leanne@crestingthehill Reply

    I bit the bullet and started taking a little something to help me sleep – it beats going through most days tired and wanting one of those naps! Some good tips here for the occasional poor night’s sleep that we all have.

    • admin Reply

      Thanks for the input Laurie.I’m sorry you can relate (but I’m glad I’m not alone!).

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