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One Simple and Natural Way To Help You Stay Energetic After A Night Of Insomnia

One Simple and Natural Way To Help You Stay Energetic After A Night Of Insomnia

Sleepless nights are just something that we must endure from time to time due to various reasons, such as a change in our daily schedule, side effects of certain medicines, or we simply have too much on our minds. This is just something we all go through. However, if it starts happening on a daily bases, it is a serious problem. Staying awake and focused after a sleepless night can be challenging, but instead of drinking one cup of coffee after another, there is a simpler way to get us going.

Drinking too much coffee can take a toll on the sleeping cycle

Most of us start our day with a cup of coffee to keep us going throughout the day, and we continue to fill ourselves with coffee just to make it through the day. Yet, we rarely stop to think the effect caffeine can have on our bodies. We forget that caffeine can also be found in other drinks we consume such as tea, soft drinks, and various sports drinks, thus we take more caffeine than necessary. The intake of too much caffeine can lead to sleepless nights, and furthermore, the more caffeine we consume, the more immune our bodies becomes to it.

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Your lifestyle can influence your ability to sleep

You also need to be aware that certain habits can impair your ability to sleep well at night. If you stay up late staring at your smartphone or laptop, don’t be surprised if you find yourself rolling in your bed afterwards. Moreover, eating a large meal before you hit the sack can deprive you of sleep.

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Say hello to sunlight and goodbye to insomnia

The negative effects of insomnia are numerous, from reducing performance at work or school, slower reaction times, which can be dangerous if you are driving, and in the longer run, it may lead to some serious health problems, such as high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity. Luckily for you, you don’t need to reach for the medications right away.

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There are many known benefits of the sunlight such as helping in building strong bones and healing skin conditions. It is also responsible for increasing the levels of serotonin, which is a hormone that can boost our mood. Also, the lack of sunlight may cause an imbalance in the hypothalamus, which is a gland responsible for regulating our sleep and energy levels. Our biological clocks are sensitive to changes in light, thus if you don’t have enough sunlight exposure during the day, you will feel tired. This is due to a hormone called melatonin, which is produced during the night when there is no light; it tells your body to calm down and go to sleep. Sunlight suppresses the production of this hormone during the day, and you feel energized as a result. However, if you miss out on sunlight because you wake up later in the day or work in a space with little natural light, you might feel depressed and constantly tired.

Embrace the sunlight

To make your biological clock function properly as to feel awake and ready to work during the day, and to sleep well during the night, try to soak up as much sunlight as possible. Get up 15 minutes earlier in the morning and do a few exercises in front of a window. Also, when working, if possible sit close to a source of natural sunlight. In case that’s not possible, use your lunch break to go and eat outside, instead of sitting at your desk. After work, walk a couple of blocks on your way home, while there is still sunlight. If you are meeting your friends, arrange it to be during the day and sit outside and enjoy the sunlight, rather than sitting in a stuffy bar in the evening.

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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