Sure, we’ve all heard that we should get more sleep. The realities of life sometimes get in the way of that, (Like watching the Hogs beat Texas A&M) and it becomes “we should get more sleep later.” There is either more work to be done, or more fun to be had, or both. The only downside is that you wake up the next day feeling like a cast member of The Walking Dead. 😀
Here are four ways you can hack your biology in order to pay less of a price for staying up longer
- Move Around
I will be the first to say, I cannot wait to get home! Get the BBQ going and sit down to watch the game BUT we need to keep moving! Especially since the game starts late. Exercising before bed is a sure way to keep yourself awake. That’s why you should not do it when you actually want to go to sleep, and it is also why hitting the gym, or even some fast push-ups can tell your body that it’s not time for bed. This isn’t permission to treat yourself to an intense CrossFit style high-intensity workout right before bed; that is likely to make you more tired. Being physically exhausted isn’t fun when you are trying to stay up late. Just do enough to get energized. Take a brisk walk around the neighborhood or if you’re entertaining try to keep moving.
2. Drink the right stuff
It’s tempting to switch to sugary caffeine bombs like Red Bull, but the sugar will lead to a crash. Instead, if you are going to use caffeine, drinking early in the evening so it will wear off by the time you want to sleep. When you stay up late, your blood sugar fluctuates more than normal anyway. Don’t make it worse by drinking sugar.
It pains me to say this, because half the reason you are staying up late may be to enjoy a few alcoholic beverages, but alcohol is unlikely to keep you awake. One drink will cause a brief energy burst as it releases cellular energy, but more than one is going to make you sleepy.
3. Eat More Protein
Few people think about the fact that the brain and body use a lot more energy when we are awake. If you are pulling an all nighter, or just trying to stay awake until 11… maybe 12 🙂 you’re going to need a lot more food then you are used to eating. Your brain can use up to 25 percent of your total calories. That’s why you should have the steak (extra points for grass fed) and avoid the pasta if you want to stay up late.
4. Take a Nap
My ultimate favorite. Take a nap in the afternoon. I know, this is probably impossible to do since you’re probably running around getting things ready! But, if you want to stay up a few more hours past your bed time… do this! Your body will feel more rested, relaxed and completely ready to cheer on the hogs tonight.