Every time a long holiday comes around, sleep is the most typically sacrificed activity for some reason or another. Staying up late is one of the most popular things all of us are prone to do when there’s no school or work the next day, creating an adverse effect on our sleeping schedules. Some try to compensate with staying in bed later, but that hardly makes it up for the zzz’s lost the previous night, as one’s Circadian rhythm is already affected by hitting the hay late.
If you’re one of those who tend to disregard your regular bed time over the holidays, expect some negative effects on your first day back to school or work. It’s very likely for you to experience some drowsiness, grogginess, and exhaustion. Basically, you won’t be at the top of your game on your first day back if you have altered your sleeping schedule during the holidays.The best way to deal with a groggy Monday after the holidays? Here are some of our tips.
1. Have breakfast.
Prepare yourself for the challenging day ahead by powering up. Just make sure to avoid anything too sugary and cool it with the caffeine. A healthy and filling breakfast with a cup of coffee will do
.2. Get some sun.
Getting some sunshine is a great way to let your body know that it is the day time and it should shake off sleep. It will wake you up and get you ready for the day ahead.
3. Don’t consume caffeine later than 3 pm.
To prepare yourself for catching some zzz’s on time later that evening, keep yourself from intaking caffeinated drinks starting from 3 pm. Caffeine can stay in your system for 7 hours, so drinking a cup of coffee late in the afternoon can easily keep you up until late the following evening. Remember that in order to get back on track on your sleeping schedule, you should be able to sleep earlier so you can catch ample shuteye.
4. Go to bed on your usual bed time.
To get back your old sleep schedule, you have to re-train your body into sleeping and waking at the same hours again. Kick it off as soon as you get back home, so your readjustment period won’t be prolonged. Go to bed at the usual hour you do before the holidays and make sure to get up the next morning at your regular wake up time as well. You might need to stick it out and deal with daytime sleepiness for the next few days, but as your body gets re-acclimated to your daily routine, you’ll soon get back your sleeping schedule.
The first few days back from a holiday can really leave you reeling and in need for some extra zzz’s, especially if you’ve decided to skip on them during the break. With these tips, though, you’ll definitely get your sleep schedule back in a jiffy. If you want to skip these entirely, though, you might want to consider sticking with your sleep schedule the next time a long holiday comes around.