Tell yourself you’re not tired.
Dwelling on how exhausted you are may only make you feel more run down, according to a new study in the Journal of Experimental Psychology. Researchers asked 164 participants how they’d slept the previous night, then hooked them up to a sham machine that purportedly revealed to scientists their REM sleep. People who were told they had above-average REM sleep performed better on cognitive and attention tasks than those who were told their REM sleep was below average, regardless of how they’d actually slept. Find out how to stop yawning, no matter how tired you feel.
Don’t hit snooze.
“The worst mistake I see my sleep-deprived insomnia patients make is staying in bed in the morning to try to reach the magic eight hours,” Chad Ruoff, MD, a clinical assistant professor of psychiatry at the Stanford University Sleep Center, told HuffingtonPost.com. This throws your body off schedule, which can make it harder to fall asleep the next night.
Ignore your cravings.
“As tempting as it may be to reach for a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich or a chocolate-chip muffin, giving in to cravings can backfire,” notes FitnessMagazine.com. “Fatty foods require a lot of energy to digest, leaving you even more sluggish, and sweet treats and processed carbohydrates cause your blood sugar and energy levels to spike and crash.” Try a mix of complex carbs and protein, like oatmeal with fruit.