Tips for staying awake after you’ve been up all night

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Unless you plan to stay cuddled up in your house avoiding sharp objects and large machinery, staying awake after you’ve been up all night is dangerous.  Unfortunately, this situation is sometimes unavoidable.  Following these three tips to stay awake can make the aftermath of a sleepless night significantly more bearable.

Top Three Tips to Stay Awake on Zero Sleep:

-Put your sense of smell to work:

Your brain might be broadcasting static, your limbs might feel like lead weights and your hair might resemble a hastily crafted bird’s nest, but after a sleepless night your sense of smell will be as acute as ever.

Do NOT deeply inhale your cup of coffee first thing in the morning.  Studies have shown that the smell of coffee more often makes individuals feel relaxed, cozy and sleepy rather than perky and bright.

DO carry a tiny bottle of peppermint essential oil, a little bottle of lotion containing peppermint oil, or even a strongly smelling peppermint chapstick such as Burt’s Bees.  The smell of peppermint is activating and invigorating.  Apply a bit of the mint oil, lotion, or chapstick so that the smell will linger.  Inhale the peppermint smell with several deep, forceful, refreshing breaths and reapply through out the day.

-Make friends with caffeine:

Okay, now that you’ve been inhaling peppermint you can have your cup of coffee.  Chronically consuming large amounts of caffeine is not good for one’s health, but increasing your caffeine quota the day after you’ve been awake all night is required.

Coffee or, if you must, a similar strongly caffeinated beverage is a good choice for the really low groggy periods that occur through out the day.  Black coffee or coffee with a touch of cream is preferred over soft drinks and energy drinks because the sugar in these beverages will leave you with a nasty drop in energy.

Green tea and green chai tea are good drinks to sip slowly through out the day.  There is less caffeine in green tea than in coffee.  You are less likely to have highs and lows and less likely to get dehydrated than if you sip coffee or Red Bull all day.

-Take a power nap:

The mystical creature known as “the power nap” really does exist.  It’s that perfect nap that lasts the perfect amount of time, leaving you feeling rested and ready to face the rest of the day (or at least the next few hours).

Research shows that the ideal nap lasts between 5 minutes to 15 minutes.  Any longer than this and you are likely to wake up feeling cranky and dull.  If possible, plan for a power nap about one to two hours after lunch.  This is when you’re likely to hit the afternoon slump.  Set the alarm on your phone or watch, get as comfy as possible, and turn your brain off for 10 minutes.

All other tricks and tips for staying awake after a sleepless night can be used to supplement the three recommendations above.  Splash your face with cold water or step outside every couple of hours. Sit near sparkly eyed, energetic powerhouse people whose infectious enthusiasm can boost your own energy.  Walk when you’re trying to describe something complex or make decisions.  Advice for functioning after a night without sleep abounds.  Figure out what works for you and use it!


About solomonhealing

Diane grew up in Oregon, and says she can’t remember a time when she wasn’t singing. Her father gave her a guitar for Christmas when she was 13, and she taught herself folk and country styles, and started to write songs. At 19, believing her first talent was acting, she headed off to England, determined to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. But life can take some funny turns. Before she could arrange an interview, she was literally “discovered,” playing her guitar and singing to a small, private, New Year’s Eve party at a London hotel. IMG_0005 2A BBC television producer was there, a screen test followed, and the result was a network primetime series of variety specials! “The Diane Solomon Show” of the late 70s, was a great success, and she quickly became a regular on British TV, with other specials of her own, and numerous guest appearances, including several Royal Gala Specials. She recorded 5 albums, appeared on countless radio shows, TV hosting, and musical theater productions. She headed four major UK Theater concert tours of her own, toured with Glen Campbell on three European tours, and opened for a major Kenny Rogers’ tour in 1991. IMGBut then life took another turn, this time not so fortunate. She was diagnosed with the infamous M.E., or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and for the next three years was too ill to walk across the room unaided. For a total of seven years she struggled with half a life. In the darkest hours songwriting was her saving grace, and the title cut of her new CD, “Good Things Don’t Come Easy” was born of this troubled time. With the help a brilliant German homeopathic system of healing, plus nutrition and herbs, she regained her health. Diane was so impressed with these alternate therapies that she has since gained degrees in both nutrition and homeopathy, achieving a doctorate degree from the British Institute of Homeopathy. She practiced nutrition and homeopathy for fifteen years, using a combination of nutrients, herbs, homeopathic remedies, and diet and lifestyle recommendations. She describes dealing with people’s health issues as a kind of “onion layer” experience. Herbs, nutrients, and lifestyle changes are powerful, yet are in some way addressing the outer layers. They help enormously, but she has found that the major changes in people’s health comes from a deep homeopathic remedy, known as the constitutional remedy. Homeopathy is not an exact science, and thought, attention, focus, intuition, and yes, luck are involved in finding this remedy. When the right deep remedy is chosen, improvements in a client’s well being, both physically and psychologically, can be dramatic, even life-changing! Now focusing on writing, Diane lives in beautiful Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, with her husband, Mark Carey. She writes soft country, folk, and classical ballads, playing both guitar and piano. She has written several non-fiction books fields of nutrition and homeopathy, plus has ghost-written and/or edited seven books for clients, in various fields. She has just finished a middle grade mystery/fantasy novel with her husband Mark, entitled The Ravenstone: The Secret of Ninham Mountain, due for publication Sept 30 2016. Kindle cover final oct 10 2015She has also recently published a book on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, entitled, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a guide to the homeopathic treatment of CFS/M.E. It was published in November, 2015, and was quickly the top selling book on Amazon in the homeopathic category. Sometimes called a “Renaissance Woman,” she writes, edits, researches, designs and builds gardens, always seeking more knowledge, more understanding, and more creative flow.
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