Don’t ‘catch up on sleep’ over the weekend

Are you tired? Probably. Roughly one-third of working Americans are sleep deprived, according to a CDC report. But there are some important tweaks you should make in your sleep habits and coffee consumption that can help. Jihan Thompson, Health Editor at O, The Oprah Magazine stopped by Daily Shot to share a few of them.

Stress

First, look at the big picture. Work drama, relationships, financial anxiety all cause stress, and stress disrupts sleep. “Being chronically stressed is eventually going to wear you out,” says Jihan. “Get out and do something you enjoy, and that’s going to bring your anxiety levels down, and that means when you get in bed, you’re going to be able to sleep far more soundly.”

Insomnia

When people find themselves awake in the middle of the night, they tend to toss and turn and wait for sleep to come. Instead, “try a memory game, or a math equation, or counting back from 300 by threes,” Jihan suggests. When you’re doing basic math you cant think of anything else, that’s going to quiet your thoughts.”

Playing catch-up

“Regulating your sleep cycle is what’s going to keep you alert during the day,” says Jihan. That means going to bed at the same time every night, getting up at the same time every day. But if you do happen to get thrown off schedule, a power nap (20-40 minutes) during the day works better than sleeping late on the weekends.

But what if you can’t get that nap? There are specific snacks that will get you through an afternoon slump. To hear about those, and the best ways to ration your coffee consumption throughout the day, check out the video!