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I am insomniac at least 2 days a week, and the day after a bad night's sleep is terrible, especially its the extreme if its a Monday (obvious!). What are the ways such a workday can be made better if not good? (Tried coffee, tea, sunlight)

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Just a thought. When you can't sleep, try writing in a journal. Write down anything and everything that is on your mind. Perhaps the act of externalizing everything that is cycling through your mind will keep you from looping through your thoughts over and over. – Manuel Hernandez Feb 26 '14 at 23:19
I often find myself working well past midnight, and end up getting 4 hours or less sleep. I usually make it through the morning but start dozing off in the afternoon. So I use 5-Hour Energy (which actually works, at least for me). – tcrosley Feb 28 '14 at 0:15

Well,these cannot substitute of a sturdy sleep. At least would keep you conscious as well.

-Making strech or exercises that keep your blood alive. Also pay attention to in-working posture.

-Massaging your head and ears for same blood thing.

-Eating balanced, not much or less.

-Drinking plenty of water.

-Washing your face regularly.

-Taking breath breaks on window, oxygen is important.

Insomnia is hard, wish ease for you my friend.

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I would add a tip to wash your face with cold water. That makes the blood really flow, and gives a mild shock to the body, waking you up very effectively. – Juha Untinen Feb 27 '14 at 10:22

Fellow insomniac here. These are some of the things that have been helping me cope:

  1. Learn how to deep breathe: it allows you to increase the amount of oxygen that goes into your bloodstream while preventing you from looking and sounding like you're hyperventilating :) Why? The more oxygen you get, the more alert you'll feel.

  2. Drink a BIG cup of water every hour or so. Why? It forces you to stand up and walk to the restroom so you can get some "exercise" in the process.

  3. Find time to do one thing that is interesting/relaxing to you throughout the day. I always feel even more tired if I work on something that I find boring. To combat the boredom, I would read a book/article/go on reddit for 5 minutes then continue working. This one might be difficult to implement depending on the nature of your job, but it is the approach that works best for me.

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If you know you are not going to get much sleep in a night, try to time it such that you wake up on a 1.5 hour increment - 3, 4.5, or 6 hours of sleep. This is the average time per sleep cycle, so it will be much easier for you to wake up at the end of one.

To make it through the next workday, I recommend coffee, eating light, and dressing appropriately so you are not too warm.

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