When you have something keeping you up all night, like a sick kid or a teething baby, there is very little you can do about getting good sleep. But there are ways to have enough energy to keep your eyeballs open until bedtime.
Natural supplements like vitamin b12 can give your body an energy boost when you need it most. You may want to stay away from caffeine as it is a stimulant that, over time, actually weakens your body’s ability to stay alert on it’s own.
Light tells your body it’s time to be awake so it will produce the right hormones in your body to stimulate you to stay alert. Sit by a sunny window if you can.
Citrus, peppermint, rosemary, and eucalyptus scents can be energizing. Try using them in candles, diffusers, and lotions, especially right when you wake up or in the afternoon when you are feeling particularly groggy.
Going for a walk, especially out in the sunshine on a nice day can perk up your energy levels and help you be in a better mood.
Avoid doing strenuous activities that can add to your exhaustion and possibly cause injury.
Getting around just 20 minutes of sleep can do a lot to improve your mood and your ability to function normally. Try not to sleep longer than that unless you think you can do a full 90 minutes.
Eat nuts, lean meats, and complex carbs in small but frequent meals. Make sure to drink plenty of water.
Not much can make up for not getting a good night’s rest, especially when you haven’t had one for a long time. Get a good night’s sleep the next time you possibly can. Try to go to sleep an hour earlier than you normally would and wake up an hour later than normal if possible. You want to try and regain your sleep routine so you can get better sleep more consistently.
If your lack of sleep is becoming a habit, try to troubleshoot the reasons why and come up with a solution. Check out this post The Ultimate Guide for Parents on How to Get Actual Restful Sleep for solutions to more lingering sleep problems.