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‘Trep On: How to Power Through Your Workday on No Sleep

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Didn’t get any sleep last night? What about all week? In a non ‘trep world, a night of no sleep would be followed by a lazy day at home in bed. Unfortunately, in the real world that just isn’t an option. Losing a night of sleep can cause anxiety, irritability, lack of focus, and will ultimately impair your productivity. While you really really really need seven to eight solid hours of sleep, every entrepreneur knows that sometimes those sleepless nights are common and very real. So, if you are feeling like you are about to pass out on your keyboard read on to learn a few tips to help you get through the day.

Get some sunshine.

Get natural light as soon as you wake up. Open the curtains, blinds, and windows near you. Getting exposure to light will jump start your energy level. Sunlight will decrease the release of melatonin, a hormone that makes us sleepy. If possible, take occasional breaks to go outside and soak up some sunshine.

Take a cold shower.

Showering in the morning is a great way to get you feeling refreshed and ready for the day ahead. Turning that water dial to the cold side for about 60 seconds will stimulate adrenaline. This might not be a pleasant feeling, but it will get your nerves awake and ready for the day.

Eat the most important meal of the day.

Today is not the day to skip the most important meal of the day. A body working without food will result in a brain not working at all. After a sleepless night, stick to whole grains, protein, and fruit. Don’t wait too long after waking up to get food in your system either. Eating within an hour of waking up will help boost your mood and your mind. Avoid a sugary breakfast which will give you an energy spike that will only result in a crash 30 minutes later.

Moderate your caffeine intake.

While your body might be screaming for that energy drink or for a third cup of coffee, hanging around the coffee machine all day isn’t going to do much to sustain your energy level. Too much caffeine can make you jittery and anxious rather than alert and focused. Opt for a small cup of coffee every four hours during the day. However, don’t keep this coffee intake going until 5. You don’t want to cause another poor night of sleep.

Have a light protein packed lunch.

Avoid that heavy power lunch. This will make your body crash and give you the mid day nap longings. Again, stick with the healthy options. Whole grains, veggies, and lean proteins will help sustain your energy. Stay away from carbs and sugar that will make you feel sleepier.

Avoid that after work nap.

While getting home and jumping into bed might sound ideal after the day you have had, the point is to get your sleep back on schedule. Try to make it through the rest of day without taking a nap that will only make you alert and energized in the middle of the night. Go to sleep a little earlier than normal, but not before the sun has gone down. Getting a full night of sleep will help you wake up refreshed and ready to take on tomorrow.

Going through a work day with little or no sleep is torture. Use these tips to make it through. It is all a part of this entrepreneur game. ‘Trep on!

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