Ways to Get Through the Day on No Sleep

As any insomniac will tell you, the importance of sleep is not to be underestimated. Simply reducing your sleep by an hour a night can result in poor decision-making, an inability to focus and an off-balance circadian rhythm. Unfortunately, most of us have to deal with the consequences of a lack of sleep at some point, whether from partying too hard, working late, suffering the effects of insomnia, or travelling through the night. So, we look at the best ways of managing those days when you’ve just not had enough shut-eye.

Ways to Get Through the Day on No Sleep

Deal with it

The first thing you have to do is accept that you are going into a day with little or no sleep. It’s amazing what you can achieve with a positive mindset, so it is super important to start your day on the right track. Acknowledge that you have not had much sleep and move past it, dwelling on it will simply bring you down and make you feel more tired. 

Eat properly

You may be craving sugary junk food, carbs and fat, but to get through the day you need to work against this instinct. Consuming a high protein breakfast instead will give you the energy to get through the morning and prevent you from snacking on unhealthy foods. Take fruit and nuts with you to keep your energy levels topped up until lunchtime. 

Avoid napping

Napping will through your body clock off even more, so if you can help it, avoid taking a nap. If you simply cannot function without shutting your eyes, keep it short and sweet. Limit your nap to around 20 minutes so that you avoid entering into the deeper sleep stages of the cycle, which will leave you feeling groggy and more tired than before you slept. 


It might seem like the last thing you want to do, but getting your blood pumping through walking, jogging, yoga, swimming or spin will stimulate the mind and body while drastically improving your mood. A rush of endorphins will boost your cognitive function and alertness so try to make some time for it in the morning or afternoon. 

Drink water

You may want to just reach for the coffee but caffeine can have a counterproductive effect on the body when it is sleep deprived, giving you the jitters and making your edgy and nervous. Drinking plenty of water will keep your brain hydrated and make you feel more alert. 

Get some rays

Sitting or walking outside in natural light will give your body a natural boost of energy as it stimulates the suprachiasmatic nuclei in the brain, where the circadian rhythm is located. 

Don’t make big decisions

If you can avoid it, try putting off any big or important decisions until a day when you are feeling more rested. Sleep deprivation can make your brain foggy and disoriented so your logical thinking processes will probably be shot.

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