By the time you crawl into bed on Friday evening, you would rather take a hammer to your alarm clock than have it wake you up on Saturday morning. But when you sleep in too late on Saturday, you find you’re more tired and groggy than ever. Learn how to catch up on sleep the right way.
Set a Normal Wake-up Time
Sleeping in significantly later than usual can cause sleep jetlag – just like when you jetset between different time zones, your body’s natural sleep cycle (called the circadian rhythm) is thrown off. To fight feeling like you’ve just flown back from Asia come Monday morning, force yourself to wake up at the same time each day.
Nap in the Afternoon
Naps aren’t just for the kids – a 20-minute daytime snooze is the perfect opportunity to catch up on sleep without overdoing it. Your powernap will leave you refreshed for the afternoon without feeling like a zombie on Monday morning.
Eat a Healthy Breakfast Every Day
It’s normal to wake up and still feel worn out from your long week. Fight the fatigue by starting your day off with a good breakfast. Get extra motivation by making a different dish than the rest of the week. You’ll rev your metabolism and start your day off right.
A high-fiber cereal with a banana for potassium and 1% (or soy) milk is a good start. Or you can make Dr. Oz's Magical Breakfast Blaster, a power-packed breakfast smoothie you can take on the go. It’s the most important meal of the day – and you’re making the simple commitment to eat it every day.