Surviving the First Workday after the Long Weekend

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On the morning after a long weekend or holiday break, the hardest thing to do is get out of bed to go to school or work. You’re surely still reeling from sleepiness by the moment you’ve stood up and worked your way out of the bedroom. If you’ve spent the long weekend going to bed in the wee hours and sleeping in during the day, you’re bound to feel groggy and sluggish the whole day. It’s what sleep deprivation and a messed up sleep schedule can do.

So, how do you survive this day? Here are some tricks.

1. Get some sun.

If you’re feeling really sleepy, go outside a bit and enjoy some sunshine. The light and warmth of the sun will help wake you up and tell your body that it’s already day time, so you have to be fully awake.

2. Eat breakfast.

Grabbing a nice hot meal in the morning is also a good way to tell your body that it needs to wake up now. It will also help power you up and give you energy for the day.

3. Time your meals.

Make sure to eat on time so you can set your circadian clock accordingly.

4. Don’t drink anything with caffeine later than 3 pm.

Caffeine could stay in your system for a couple of hours and that can rob you of your chance to get sleepy early tonight. Skip the afternoon cup of coffee or the large soda after 3 pm.

5. Take a nap.

If you’re already trying too hard to keep your eyes open after lunch, take a 20-minute power nap. Make sure to do it before 2 pm, though, so it won’t affect your sleep tonight.

6. Drink lots of water during the day.

Keeping yourself hydrated during the day time will help you stay awake, energized, and alert so make sure to drink lots of water the next day you’re back at work or school. It’s also a great way to rehydrate and get your body back in track after staying out on All Saints’ Day or after long hours of traveling.

7. Go to bed on your regular bedtime.

Since you’ll need to reset your sleep, you don’t want to go to bed too early as that might only result to oversleeping. Hit the hay at your regular bedtime so you can set your Circadian rhythm again to your usual schedule.

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These are just a few ways how you can survive your first day back at work after a long weekend. We hope you find it useful in powering through the day!

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