Feeling sleepy after a Game of Thrones all-nighter?
*Don’t worry, there are no spoilers in this blog if you didn’t choose to stay up and watch Game of Thrones…*
We all know how hard it can sometimes be to switch off our favourite TV programmes at night. When storylines get particularly juicy, we can often be tempted to prioritise them over our precious sleep, staying up later than we should, just to find out what happens next.
Up to three million Brits were expected to call in sick at work today, according to reports, after staying up to catch the new season opener of Game of Thrones.
With the cult fantasy series’ latest episode airing on Sky Atlantic at 2am UK time on Monday morning, it seems many of us just couldn’t resist watching it, staying up into the early hours to get our fix, rather than waiting until the next day.
However, although it may be fun, staying up all night can be disastrous for our sleep patterns, and can also have a severely negative impact on our performance at work the following day.
Top tips for getting you through an all-nighter
For those of us who aren’t calling in sick today and have decided to brave work despite the lack of sleep, Silentnight’s resident sleep expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan has shared her top tips for getting through the day after pulling an all-nighter.
- Cut yourself some slack
Dr Nerina said: “It will be particularly important to take a deep breath today and try not to get caught up in the hysteria and excitement of the latest episode. You’ll inevitably be exhausted if you were up all night glued to your TV, and it can be hard to focus and prioritise tasks if you are overtired.
“Make a list of everything you need to get done and try to work through it. However, try not to put too much pressure on yourself, as it really is impossible for your brain to focus properly if you haven’t had enough sleep.”
- Have a nap
“Try to minimise the damage and boost your productivity by having a power nap during your lunch break. Just 10-20 minutes of shut eye will be a welcome break from the Game of Thrones chat and you’ll wake up feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.”
- Stay away from coffee and sugar
“Loading up on coffee and sugar might seem like a great idea – especially if you’re struggling to stay alert. However, when you try to sleep this evening, you’ll be left feeling wired and unable to unwind as a result.
“Stay away from the coffee and opt for low-glycemic, slow release energy foods like nuts, seeds and lean meats to keep your blood sugar level stable.”
Dr Nerina’s further advice on how caffeine affects our sleep can be found here.
- Switch off tonight
“A head full of Game of Thrones gossip will not not make for a good night’s sleep, so tonight is when you really need to switch off. This means turning off your TV an hour to 90 minutes before bed and letting your brain unwind.
“Scrolling through social media is the worst thing you can do if you want to sleep well. The blue light from your phone or tablet will trick your brain into feeling awake and you won’t be able to sleep, however tired you thought you were – use this time wisely to have a bath instead.”
Avoiding social media is also sound advice to those of us who still haven’t got round to watching the new Game of Thrones yet, and are wanting to avoid spoilers!
If you are thinking of having a nice, relaxing bath to wind down, Dr Nerina recommends adding two big mugs of bicarbonate of soda to the water to prepare you for a deep and restful sleep.
She said: “The bicarbonate of soda helps to neutralise the skin’s acidity, soften dry skin, and is a good aid in detoxification. Don’t use soap or shampoo, as the chemicals in these will reduce the effect. Simply rinse off and go to bed straight afterwards – this will help you to enjoy a restful sleep.”
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