How To Get By At Work On No Sleep, According To Science

How To Get By At Work On No Sleep, According To Science

Up all night and still need to power through a workday?

No judgments. A new video is here to help.

New York Magazine's "How To Recover From An All-Nighter," from its Science of Us series, leans on scientific evidence to instruct the sleep-deprived.

The clip says you can manage fatigue with sunlight, good nutrition, strategically dispersed cups of coffee and a reality check: You'll need to do your hardest work in the first few hours because busy work may be all you can handle as the day wears on.

Beyond the video, there are other means of coping temporarily without zzz's.

Dr. Matthew Edlund, author of The Power of Rest, recommends "paradoxical relaxation" if a nap isn't possible. With one hand covering your eyes and the other pointing at a tense muscle group, you concentrate on those muscles for up to 30 seconds or so and repeat throughout the body. Edlund says you will feel recharged.

A 10-minute walk during those 1 to 3 p.m. hours when the sleepless really wilt can also boost brain function, Michael Breus, author of The Sleep Doctor's Diet Plan, told CBS News.

Of course we can't leave you totally off the hook for losing a night of shut-eye. Even short-term sleep deprivation reportedly makes it more likely you will overeat, have an accident or get sick.

In the meantime, wake up!

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