How To Recover After an All-Nighter

Alexa L. on 9th Sep 2019

Hello and welcome back to Sleep Hacks. I'm Alexa from DubsLabs and today we're going to help you learn how to get back to at least your medium functioning human self after your late night has you feeling like someone from The Walking Dead.

Writing a paper at the last minute and finishing up right before you go to class, catching up with old friends and having too much fun, we've all been there. We have definitely all been pretty harshly reminded by our bodies of our bad choices after getting insufficient or not any rest at all. As you know, sleep is your chance to refresh and heal before taking on your next busy day and sometimes that just doesn't happen. So let's find out how to get you back on track and get you through your sleepy day.

Aside from the obvious, why do we feel like our brains are working in slow motion after a sleepless night? Your brain produces a substance called Myelin while you sleep which allows for the smoother transmission of electric signals to your brain between nerves. This explains why you might feel your alertness decline when you're low on your beauty rest.

Trust me I get it, all-nighters happen. Here are a few tips to get you through the next day and set you up for good rest the next go round. Okay, don't hate me for saying this but hitting the snooze button only hurts your energy and brain function as satisfying as it can be to get 5 more minutes 10 more times. The simplest thing you can do for better sleep and to recover from not sleeping very well is to maintain some sort of consistency in your wake up and bedtime. And, if you are hitting a midday slump after sleepless night, try substituting your afternoon caffeine with an afternoon nap. A 25-minute nap around lunchtime allows you to get a little bit of a reset and also allows you to get your normal amount of sleep and fall asleep at a normal time later in the day. Trust me, as good as it sounds, your 25-minute nap turning into a three hour ordeal gets you back to The Walking Dead state.

My last suggestion is to spend some time outside soaking up vitamin D. This actually helps your body stop producing melatonin before its time. Throw in some light exercise and not only will you feel more energized during the day, you'll sleep better at night.

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