Here is an accumulation of random tips and tricks I have picked up over the years ranging from mental exercise cues to how to talk to your doctor and wake up and not feel groggy.
1. How to not feel groggy after a nap: power naps should last for only about 20 minutes. Any longer, and you feel tired. And shorter, and it does not count as a nap. 40 minutes makes you feel groggy, so try to only take around 20 minute naps. Drink a cold cup of coffee right before you fall asleep the caffeine will take about 20 minutes before you digest it and it reaches your brain.
2. When buying snacks, spend the same amount of money on fruits and veggies. (This does not mean you can, if already eating healthily, increase your donut intake to match all the carrots you eat).
Definitely do not what those baby carrots to clog an artery!
3. Instead of ice packs or heating pads, use a water bottle. There are various sizes and can be reused. Just fill up with water and either heat or freeze. (If you heat, slightly open the cap to prevent a steamy mess in the microwave). Or you could use a long cotton sock filled with uncooked rice and microwaved for 2 to 3 minutes. It can wrap around an ankle/knee and stays hot for about ten minutes.
Burr that’s COLD!
4. Sleep in your gym clothes if you continually put off going to work out in the morning.
5. How to get out of bed earlier (and shift your sleep rhythms so they’re earlier)
- Before you go to bed, set food and drink on your bedside which contains sugar/caffeine/stimulants/fluids.
- Go to bed earlier if possible.
- Set your alarm for 30 minutes before you need to get up.
- When the alarm goes off, consume some of whats on your bedside.
- Set your alarm for 25 minutes later and go back to sleep, or do whatever you feel like doing.
- Get up by the time the second alarm goes off.
7. Running/exercising? Set really easy goals for yourself when you start to get tired. Say things like lets just get to the next stick, or when I cross the next tree shadow. Then, 3 steps later, you’ll reach your goal. When you get there, you’ll think, wow, I didn’t really work very hard for that, I can keep going. Then you’ll get to the next shadow, and the next, and the next, until you are way past point B. This can be applied to other sports and environments. If you are running in the city, set a goal to the next crack in the sidewalk, or the next parking meter, or the next tree. If you are in a gym and using a machine, go to the next number 3 on the distance reading.