Surviving the All-Nighter

Couldn’t Sleep? These 8 Hacks Will Get You Through The Day

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Whether it’s because you have a colicky baby, spent the whole night binging TV, or just have insomnia, sometimes you have to function on zero sleep. Without the right tricks, it can feel impossible. But with these hacks, you’ll make it through the work day with your eyes wide open.

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Hack #1: Go For A Short Run

Jogging may be the last thing you want to do, but research shows that a quick bout of cardio can jumpstart your day. As neuroscientist Vladyslav Vyadzovskiy puts it: “While running may tire your body out, such exercise might actually reduce your brain’s need for sleep.”

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Hack #2: Chew Bubble Gum

Chewing gum has been linked to increased alertness and focus and reduced fatigue and stress in studies dating as far back as 1939.

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Hack #3: Down Some Caffeine

We know you probably already have a cup of coffee in your hands, but be careful not to drink too much. You shouldn’t exceed 400 mg in a day, or 4 to 5 cups. Space them out throughout the day, but stop at least 6 hours before you plan to go to bed.

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Hack #4: Tackle The Hard Stuff Early

Have a difficult task on your plate? Take it on early. A natural surge of cortisol in the mornings can help you get through your difficult work before your mind fails you for the day.

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Hack #5: Eat A Light Lunch

That never-ending pasta bowl? Skip it. Stuffing your face will leave you susceptible to afternoon sluggishness.

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Hack #6: Take A Nap

Limit your nap to 15 to 20 minutes, or else you’ll fall into too deep and long of a sleep. Choose a dark, quiet place. Close your office door if you can, or go to your car for a quick snooze.

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Hack #7: Stare At A Light

Blue light during the afternoon can help keep you awake. Have a bright light on for 30 minutes for the best effect. Don’t have an LED light on hand? Try a blue light therapy app.

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Hack #8: Get Outside

Being in nature and breathing in fresh air could be just the pick-me-up you need. And the sunlight will help with your circadian rhythm, promoting wakefulness.

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