Regardless of how much we balance our stress levels, practice consistent sleep hygiene, and create calming bedtime routines, it’s inevitable that we will all struggle with a bad night’s sleep on occasion. Unfortunately, life and all its responsibilities don’t disappear just because we’re tired. In fact, a Harvard study found that people with insomnia lost an estimated 11 days of productivity per year and who has time for that?
Since we don’t want life to stop every time we have a poor night’s sleep, I want to share some of my favourite hacks to help you stay productive even when you’re feeling tired. Try one or all of the suggestions below to help you have a joyously productive day, whether you’ve had a full night’s sleep or not!
1. Fuel Your Body Right
Unless you practice intermittent fasting, a great way to set yourself up for a productive day after a night of not so joyous sleep is to have a nourishing breakfast that contains a balanced combination of protein, healthy fats, fibre, and complex carbohydrates.
Lack of sleep can mess with your fullness (leptin) and hunger (ghrelin) signalling hormones and increase your cravings for sugars and carbs. Getting onto the blood sugar rollercoaster throughout the day will make it even harder to stay productive as your energy levels spike and crash. That’s why eating a filling, savoury breakfast to balance your blood sugar will help you stay focused all day long!
Try enjoying something yummy like scrambled eggs and veggies, toast with almond butter and hemp hearts, or a delicious smoothie made with Genuine Health’s easily digestible fermented protein powder!
If you wake up not feeling hungry, it may be due to eating too late at night or low stomach acid. Don’t force yourself to eat if the reason you’re not hungry is that you ate late. Instead, start your day with some freshly squeezed lemon in water which can help to stimulate digestive juices like stomach acid.
2. Get Some Sunshine First Thing In The Morning
After a poor night’s sleep, it’s likely you’re feeling tired and maybe even a bit stressed or anxious. One of my favourite ways to boost my mood, lower stress, and reset my circadian rhythm is to get outside first thing in the morning, before 10am, to get some sunshine.
Not only will the sunlight help wake you up so you can feel focused and productive, it will also encourage your body to fall asleep earlier. What a great way to help you catch up on your missed Zs!
If you want some more inspo on how to regulate your circadian rhythm using natural sunlight, this Joyous Health podcast episode has you covered!
3. How to Move for a Better Move
If you’re feeling tired, you don’t need to go and do your toughest workout ever, but taking some time to move your body can help get your blood flowing. This movement is sure to increase your energy and improve your mood. Try getting outside for a walk, doing some yoga or stretching, or another gentle activity that you enjoy. The natural boost to your energy will help you feel more productive almost immediately!
4. Try a Natural Supplement
If you know you have a lot to do and you want to set yourself up for optimal success, a supplement containing clinically proven ingredients designed to increase your focus could be just what you need. Genuine Health’s Clear Focus contains brain-loving Lion’s Mane mushroom, adaptogenic red ginseng, calming L-theanine, and energy producing B vitamins. This powerful combination supports cognitive function, improves focus and attention, reduces mental fatigue, and increases your overall resiliency and resistance to stress.
Try taking one capsule with your breakfast to help clear brain fog and fire up your brain cells for the day ahead!
What To Do If You’re Regularly Struggling To Sleep Well?
I don’t recommend reaching for sleep medications if you’re having trouble falling and staying asleep. That’s because about 80% of people who take them report residual side effects such as feeling groggy, oversleeping, and having trouble focusing the next day. These effects are definitely not going to set you up to be your most productive self!
When I’m having trouble turning off my mind and getting into rest mode, I love taking Genuine Health’s Deep Sleep supplement! It has therapeutic levels of melatonin (your sleep hormone!), GABA, L-theanine, magnesium bisglycinate, and reishi mushroom to help you fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up rested and ready for a productive day ahead.
The best thing about all these hacks is that even if you’re getting a great night’s sleep, incorporating them into your life is sure to improve your productivity. The more often you work them into your routine, the more regulated your circadian rhythm and energy levels will be, which means increased productivity and a life full of joy!