4 Ways to Cope After a Bad Night’s Sleep

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Insomnia costs employers about $28 billion annually in lost productivity, reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. After a night of restless sleep, it’s daunting to think about facing a tough day of work or school. People try to brace themselves and hope they can muddle through the day and get back to the sanctuary of their home without too many mishaps or problems. Coping with inadequate sleep can be easier by following four techniques suggested by Health.com.

1. Soak up the sun – Direct exposure to the sun helps boost activity in the area of the brain involved in regulating emotions, and stimulating attention and alertness. Studies also show that you can avoid feeling sleepy in the afternoon by spending a few minutes in the sun during lunch or an afternoon break, or by standing near a sunny window.

2. Drink water – Doctors recommend sipping on water throughout the day for a total consumption of at least eight 8-ounce glasses. Water keeps kidneys healthy, so they can filter impurities from the blood stream. Drinking water also means you’ll make regular trips to the bathroom, which isn’t all bad. It helps keep you from sitting too long.

3. Ask for flexible hours – Researchers at Wake Forest University discovered that employees with flexible work schedules were better able to fulfill family and personal responsibilities, and they had fewer problems sleeping. People who regularly experience insomnia, due to genetics or medications, appreciate flexible job schedules, particularly after a night of sleeplessness.

4. Take time to exercise – Moving around keeps you alert and stimulates brain cells. Walk the stairs instead of riding the elevator, eat your lunch outside versus sitting at your desk, or take a walk over the lunch hour.