Burn Out: How To Bounce Back After An All Nighter

There comes a time in which we’re all hit by a sudden deadline or a last minute project that absolutely needs to be finished and we do the unthinkable: We stay up all night. Pulling an all nighter is part and parcel of adult life and while those moments might be few and far between, they can have significant consequences on our health. Catching up on lost sleep is actually a very hard thing to do and after a few lost hours, we can end up feeling groggy, burned out and generally under the weather.

If your all nighter is absolutely unavoidable, there are a number of simple methods you can use in order to right any wrongs and get back on track. The day after you don’t sleep might be the most difficult but over time, you can begin to feel remarkably more healthy. Are you ready to feel brighter and better? It’s time to learn how to bounce back.

Take A Nap

It might seem like the most obvious way to recover from an all nighter but regular napping can actually be more helpful than you might have initially thought. Short bursts of sleep can help your body to recover from sleep deprivation, enabling it to perform essential recovery processes while you momentarily switch off. Sleeping for too long can have the adverse effect and leave you feeling all the more groggy, so make sure you don’t sleep for any longer than 45 minutes at a time. Over the following days, try to fit in a little extra sleep when you can to help your body to recover. You might be back on track before you know it!

Drink Extra Water

Hydrating yourself is one of the best ways to wake up both your body and your mind and when you’re feeling extra tired, getting sufficient water can help dramatically. Mild dehydration can have a detrimental effect on your brain’s ability to focus and concentrate and when you miss out on sleep, it is essential that you help your body’s processes to function normally. Water might not give you the same feeling as a shot of caffeine but over time, it will have a much more beneficial effect on your body and mind.

Rest Your Body

Although you might not always want to, taking time off from your workout schedule can only help your body to recover from a lack of sleep. Despite the fact that exercise might help you to feel more energized in normal situations, when you’re dealing with a lack of sleep, it can only exacerbate the situation. Your performance level might be significantly reduced and you might even lack normal coordination after pulling an all nighter. Take a day or two off from the gym; your body is not going to change during that time.

Stretch Your Muscles

If you do want to feel more energized and awake, stretching out your limbs is a great idea and can work as a temporary alternative to spending time at the gym. If you want to feel a little better about yourself, a quick yoga session can work wonders. As you stretch your muscles, you effectively help to remove toxins from internal organs by applying pressure to them. Better yet, yoga’s deep breathing exercises can help you to recover even more quickly, increasing the flow of oxygenated blood around your body. A quick stretching session can leave you feeling instantly revitalized and all the more fresh.

Fuel Your Body

The more tired that we feel, the less likely we are to make healthy eating choices but after pulling an all nighter, how we fuel our body is more important than ever. While sugary snacks can give you a quick burst of energy, they will essentially leave you feeling worse than before you ate them, causing your blood sugar level to come crashing down. Eating slow release whole foods is the best way that you can help your body to recover and bounce back from a lack of sleep. Complex carbohydrates like brown rice and quinoa can give you the lasting energy you deserve. Combining them with lean proteins like fish and and chicken will only boost your awakeness, helping your body to get back on track.

How To Sleep More Soundly, The Natural Way

The difference between a good night’s sleep and a bad night’s sleep can make or break your day. Whether you suffer from late night stress, insomnia, restlessness or a combination of the three, bad sleep can really have a detrimental effect on your general attitude to life. If you fall into the category of a “bad sleeper”, then you could find yourself suffering from irritability, an inability to concentrate throughout the day, mood swings or anxiety. Sleeping soundly, then, is incredibly important.

While, the next time that you struggle to fall asleep, you might find yourself reaching for your medicine cabinet, taking a leaf out of mother nature’s book might just serve you better in the long run. Arguably gentler and with more effective results, natural sleep remedies can do just as good a job as their pharmaceutical cousins, and won’t leave you feeling awful the next morning. Sometimes, the key to a good night’s sleep is taking your time and winding down gently. And when things get really hard? Mother nature is always on your side.

Passion Flower

While it’s not something that many people will have in their (natural) medicine cabinet, Passion Flower can actually have hugely positive effects on your sleeping patterns. Taking the extract in tablet form at the same time each day can dramatically reduce feelings of anxiety and in turn, help you to fall asleep more readily at the end of the night. While you might not see immediate effects, keep taking them regularly; natural sleep aids take a few days to take effect but when they do, they can work incredibly well.

Regular Exercise

While not a natural “cure” per se, exercise is actually one of the most effective, non-medicinal ways to combat sleep problems. There is a huge difference between feeling physically and mentally tired and often, the latter kind can leave us feeling wired and unable to switch off at the end of the day. Tiring out your body during the day is a great way of falling into a deeper, more refreshing sleep during the night and getting there could be just as easy as taking brisk walk before eating, or going on an early morning run to set your body in motion for a better night’s sleep later on. Physically tiring your body is also a great way of getting your brain to switch off and stop focusing on all of those internal anxieties. When night-time comes around, you might fall asleep before your head hits the pillow.

Fish Oil

If you’re looking for a way in which to curb your midday caffeine fix, then fish oil could be the very thing. Fatty acids found in the natural supplement have been proven to help to reduce a stress hormone that commonly causes feelings of anxiety. If you feel more stressed than usual, you might find falling asleep an extra challenge, as your hormones will be out of balance. Regularly taking a fish oil can help to restore this balance and in turn, will prevent you from feeling tired throughout the day.

Mindful Meditation

Deep breathing techniques can be one of the best ways in which to shut off from the world around you and re-energize after a stressful day. Focusing on things which you can directly affect is a great way to channel your thoughts and reduce any feelings of stress or anxiety that you might have carried forward from your day’s work. Lying in a quiet room and breathing deeply can quickly help to relax your nervous system and enter into a state of rest. If you’re new to mindful meditations, you can try using a spoken guide which will talk you through the breathing techniques. Take 10 minutes for yourself; you might be surprised at just how effective it really can be.

Magnesium

Perhaps the answer to all of your stress-related problems, Magnesium is a supplement worth taking seriously. Used to help to restore cells and soothe muscles when you sleep, Magnesium is a very common cure for people with high levels of stress searching for a natural way in which to relax. While you can take Magnesium supplements, you can just as easily find the mineral in foods. Eating nuts, dark leafy greens and even seaweed regularly can dramatically increase your Magnesium stores and help you to lead a much more relaxed way of life.

Worrying about getting a sleep need not keep you up during the night; simply take time for yourself, listen to your body and, when things get really tough, take a tip from mother nature.