I was up very late last night getting tattooed, and a, subsequently extremely sleepy and a little grumpy. So I thought I’d share some tips from an article I did a while back about how to stay awake or fall asleep, when your body wants to do the opposite. Besides using caffeine or Benadryl, these are the best options I’ve found.
- Chill out: Your body temperature falls when you sleep, so if you make it colder than comfortable, you’re more likely to stay focused on your task.
Ice ice baby: Similarly, keeping a bowl of ice water and a washcloth to dab on yourself will give you little jolts of energy.
Sour face: Strong tastes like lemons, sour candy or even beef jerky, will awaken your taste buds and your brain.
Slip into something uncomfortable: Have a pair of shoes that needs to be stretched? Or those skinny jeans cut off your circulation a little? Wearing them will certainly keep you up, if not limping.
Lights! Action!: Simulating sunshine or just a really bright light will help you stay on track and ease your eye strain too.
- Get Some: But please be safe! And you can always give yourself a little if you’re lonely.
Bore yourself: Public access television, the dictionary, whatever least interests you is likely to make your thoughts turn to mush and sleep.
Warm and Cozy: Take a hot bath, shower, or have some herbal tea before you hit the hay.
Let go of your Worries: If your mind is racing with everything you need to do tomorrow, write them all down and to get them out of your head.
The same old Routine: Develop a nightly ritual. Listen to the same soothing song every night or turn on a fan if that noise helps.
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