The secret to a great night's sleep

How to survive an election all-nighter

Nothing beats a solid eight hours of good quality sleep but with the polls open for the US elections and a new President set to be announced by the early hours of Wednesday, many of us Brits will be gearing up for an election all nighter.

So what can you do to limit the damage of a night gripped to the exit polls?

Don't drink too much caffeine!

Coffee might seem like a great idea if you want to stay up until every state has declared, but you won't feel so good when you do decide to get some sleep. You'll be left feeling wired and unable to rest. Try dark chocolate instead, it will give you enough of a boost to stay focussed on the results but won't leave you feeling wide awake come bedtime.

Wind down!

A head full of election rhetoric will not not make for a good night's sleep. So if you're planning on getting some sleep - even if it's just an hour - wind down properly before getting into bed. That means switch the news off, stop scrolling through Twitter and allow your body and mind to relax. You can switch back on and get back into the discussions in the morning; and if your preferred candidate hasn't made it to the White House you'll feel far more level-headed having had some sleep..

Have a nap tomorrow!

You'll almost certainly be flagging by Wednesday afternoon after all that excitement or disappointment. If you're feeling really tired, use your lunch break as an opportunity to take a power nap. Just 10-20 minutes of shut eye will be a welcome break from all of that post-election chat and you'll wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

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