Don’t: Sleep in or Hit Snooze

A woman sitting on top of a bed in her pajamas. Wylde Grey Don’t: Sleep in or Hit Snooze

“While sleeping in in the morning may seem like a good idea because you’re tired, stick to waking up at your normal time to help build a strong drive for sleep at night. Sticking to consistent sleep patterns will help keep your body’s natural clock in sync,†says Alanna. 

“Trust me, those extra nine minutes aren’t going to make you feel more rested, and they won’t give you the restorative sleep you need,†she adds. “Instead, set your alarm for the absolute latest you would need to wake up, and when it goes off, get out of bed and start getting yourself together for the day.â€Â 

DO: Lighten your load. 
“Today is the day to simplify your normal. It’s not the day to make big decisions or take on huge projects. It’s okay to lighten your load but still get your job done. Write out a list starting with the hardest task and ending with one or two that could be moved to the next day. As the day goes on, cross off each goal, and what is left can easily be shifted to tomorrow,†Alanna says. 

DON’T: Fret so much about it. 
“Don’t fret too much about the sleep loss or blame all your problems on sleep. It’s certainly useful to have a come-to-Jesus moment if you routinely have unhelpful sleep habits. But if it’s an occasional bad night, know that this is normal and okay,†says Jade. “Our bodies are resilient and flexible, so it’s not like an occasional deviation from our sleep-wake schedule will make a dent in our overall health. Sometimes, over-worrying about sleep will paradoxically put you into a worse sleep pattern,†says Jade. 

“It’s okay to have a bad night of sleep, and it’s important for people to know that. Going into the next day worried about how much sleep you lost could result in weakening a positive association between sleep and your bed because you’ll head into the next night worried you won’t sleep well again. That can amplify any sleep issues you may be having. 

“Sleep deprivation does not mean you have insomnia. Careful of the labels. They can only heighten your stress of not sleeping and contribute to more nights of bad sleep. So, brush off your bad night of sleep as just that. One bad night of sleep,†says Alanna.