Insomnia: What Not to Do After Being Awake All Night

November 5, 2014
While it may be tempting to drink an energy drink or take a long nap, these are not the best solutions to your fatigue after being awake all night.

If you have insomnia, you might struggle to fall asleep or stay asleep. Keep in mind that there are some things you shouldn’t do after being awake all night. If you avoid doing these things, you’ll feel healthier and better the next morning. Here are some tips regarding the most common mistakes people make after being awake all night, tossing and turning.

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Don’t Do These Things After Being Awake All Night

1. Drink one of those famous energy drinks

Woman awake all night in bed with insomnia

You can have a nice hot coffee, take a nap or drink tea throughout the day, but don’t ever have an energy drink. They’re no good for you since they’re filled with ingredients that are bad for your body.

2. Not get any exercise

When you haven’t rested enough at night, your blood sugar levels, cholesterol, and heartbeat may be affected or disrupted. That can make you feel tired all day. In addition, you might feel overwhelmed by fatigue at the wrong place or time.

Two women exercising outside bikes awake all night

The best thing to do is try to get some exercise since physical activity, especially the cardiovascular kindhelps release adrenaline and that will keep you awake.

Here’s another popular and effective trick. When you go outside, look up at the sky. If there are no clouds to be seen, stare a few minutes up into that big blue. This sets off a biochemical reaction that helps block the production of melatonin, a hormone that makes you feel sleepy.

3. Take a nap that’s more than 15 minutes long

Experts recommend having a nice cup of coffee and then a fifteen-minute nap. Studies suggest that caffeine takes twenty minutes to kick in so if you lay down for fifteen minutes, you’ll feel great. If you sleep for more than fifteen, it will have the opposite effect because your body will think it’s time for sleep.

4. Wear a ton of makeup

When you don’t sleep enough at night, you don’t look your best. You’re paler, your eyes are bloodshot red, and you have dark circles or bags under your eyes.

After being up all night due to insomnia, most people end up looking a bit like an ugly duckling. You transform because during the night your sweat glands release an enormous amount of toxins.

Since you didn’t get a full night’s sleep, the cells can’t do what they usually do and are supposed to do while you’re sleeping.

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Woman with green eye makeup awake all night

The most natural way to solve this problem is to exfoliate with a natural product to get your blood circulating. To handle the bags under your eyes, you can use a special cream or press warm chamomile tea bags on your closed eyes. Try not to put on too much makeup.

Get Help for Insomnia

A good night’s sleep is vital for our well-being and health. If we don’t get it, we put our body at risk and lower our quality of life. We’ll look worse and we’ll be tired and stressed out.
Although these are quick solutions after being awake all night, you need to find an effective permanent solution for your insomnia. Therefore, you should see a professional about your insomnia. Additionally, don’t downplay your condition: make sure you figure out why you are unable to get a full night’s rest.
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