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.
Alternate physical and mental activity.
Slog away at your desk for an hour, then take a break to walk or stretch. Watch a TV show on the couch, then head out to pick up the mail. This toggling back and forth between rest and activity usually improves alertness, according to Matthew Edlund, MD, on PsychologyToday.com.