After a Restless Night, What to Do and Not Do


5.Do: Get Some Caffeine, but Not Too Much

If you skip your regular morning coffee, you may get even groggier. It could also make you irritable and give you a headache. So have some. A little extra might even help you stay alert. Remember, though, that it sticks around in your system for several hours. So don’t overdo it. And don’t have caffeine — coffee or otherwise — close to bedtime.

6.Do: Exercise — at The Right Time

It can improve your sleep and help you fall asleep more quickly. But don’t do it too close to bedtime because it stimulates your body to make something called cortisol. That’s a hormone that makes you more alert. That’s good when you’re trying to wake up for work. But it’s not so good when you’re trying to get back to sleep. If you must exercise in the afternoon or evening, try to finish at least 3 hours before you go to bed.