Sleep deprived? Here’s a game plan to get energized

Sleep deprived? Here’s a game plan to get energized

Last night I only slept 5 hours. Yep, it happens. But the key here is not to let it get the best of you. Like me, I’m sure you have a lot of stuff to do during the day, so you can either give in to the feelings of sleep deprivation, or do something about it!

Here’s what happened to me…

Late night out (concert) drive home from show (11:30pm) past my bedtime (midnight). Super windy in the early morning. Woke me up at 5am and mind started going.

Tried to fall back to sleep. Usually I fall back to sleep when this happens (but just didn’t). Got up with my husband Bill to make him breakfast so he could get ready and leave on time (he was sleep deprived, too).

So, here is my game plan for today to regain my energy:

1. Understand and accept that I will be hungrier than usual. Hunger and fullness hormones (ghrelin and leptin) need a full night’s sleep to restore their function for next day. That’s why you get really hungry when you’re sleep deprived.

2. I will focus on these actions to keep my body feeling energized:

  • Stay hydrated: Drink 60oz of water (I use an app to remind me with alerts)
  • Eat well: I started with a protein shake when I woke up to get me going
  • Exercise: I did a strength workout this morning

3. I ate a satisfying breakfast post workout

4. I have lunch fixings ready in fridge

5. I planned a healthy mid-day snack – a square of dark chocolate and an apple

6. Dinner is planned (I’m throwing a surprise party for a friend who is retiring)

Tomorrow is Saturday and I can sleep in late!