Not being able to sleep 8 hours frequently has a negative impact on your body. These consequences are illustrated in the infographic below.
However, what about those rare instances, when for unknown reasons, you have a hard time sleeping through the night.
Well, you can do things to help your body recover. Moreover, research shows that as a result of sleep loss, one of the consequences is reduced blood flow to the brain. And that reduced flow can affect your behavior, your ability to think, and rationalize.
Because your stress level increases from lack of sleep, one thing you can do is get out of the house. If you can, go for a walk or go to work. The fresh air will help you recover. Most of all, expose yourself to sunlight, so that your body stops making the hormone melatonin. Consequently you will feel less sleepy.
And remember your sleep loss will make you want to eat sugary, high calorie junk foods. So avoid fast foods and high-carb foods. And resist the temptation. Most of all, just remind yourself they won’t really help. Instead, eat lean protein and healthy fat foods.
In addition, drink water to stay hydrated. And drinking one or two cups of coffee is fine because the caffeine will acts as a stimulant. But don’t drink high-caffeine energy drinks.
Also, if you find yourself with time to spare and are able to, take a 20 to 30 minute nap in the middle of the day.
In addition, get some aerobic exercise. Aerobic exercise increases your metabolic rate and reduces stress. If you exercise regularly, then continue doing so. Maybe not as much as you usually do, but whatever you are comfortable doing. On the other hand, if you don’t have a regular exercise routine, then go for a walk or even do physical chores around the house.
Moreover, since your brain isn’t necessarily working at its best, be more careful about making important decisions. Better to postpone them until you can think clearly. Instead, focus on things that don’t require using so much of your brain power.
Finally, sleep early the following night and try to make up some of that lost sleep. This will give your resilient body time to recover.