Distract yourself to fight those sleepless nights
Even with all the right prep work, everyone has been a victim of those nights where you simply can’t shut your brain off and get some shut eye. Maybe it’s an interview. Maybe it’s a big presentation. Maybe it’s those nine slices of pizza you chowed down on right before bed. Regardless of the cause, Wendy Troxel says that the best way to get some sleep when you can’t drift into a deep slumber is to just do something else completely.
“If you’re not sleeping, get out of bed,” Troxel says. “Go do something relaxing but distracting like reading a book. The idea is to get your mind off the fact that you are not sleeping, so you reduce frustration and actually increase the chances of getting sleepy again, so you can return to bed and fall asleep.”
Pick something relaxing to distract yourself. Dr. Verma warns against trying to tie up any loose ends at work in bed. “Don’t stay up late working on the computer,” he says. “It prevents us from being able to ‘wind down’ and fall asleep.”
Isn’t that great news? Now when your boss asks why you didn’t answer that email at 2am, you can just say, “It’s doctor’s orders.”