5 Tips to Help You Feel Better When You Haven’t Had Enough Sleep {And Win Optrex Products}

As parents we often don’t get enough sleep, especially when our babies are little. Whoever came up with the term ‘sleeping like a baby’ was seriously silly. My little girl was a terrible sleeper when she was really small and it’s only been in the last couple of years that she has slept though. It’s usually only if she is poorly or just going through a stage that she keeps waking up at night now.

I am a terrible sleeper though. I struggle to get to sleep and then I usually wake up loads. I can lie awake for hours and hours even though I am totally exhausted and it sucks big time. I am used to feeling pretty rubbish every day, but on the days that are particularly rough I try to make the effort to do some little things to help myself feel as good as I can do.

Here are 5 tips to help you feel better when you haven’t had enough sleep….

Look after your eyes 

When I am tired I get really sore and sometimes dry eyes. They often feel like they are burning and especially when I have been on my laptop all day they can be really sore. It is probably one of the worst parts of being so tired for me.

I’ve been meaning to buy some eye drops for ages to kind of rehydrate my eyes and make them feel less sore, and I’ve finally got some. I keep some at home and some in my handbag, because when I am tired and my eyes get dry my contact lens can also dry out and get really uncomfortable. Putting a couple of drops of the liquid in each eye can really make my eyes much more comfortable, at least for a little while.

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Optrex also now make a spray (ActiMist 2in1 Eye Spray) that you spray over your closed eyelid to soothe and make your eyes more comfotable. I had never used or even heard of these before, but I really like it. You can use it over makeup and I really think they do make my eyes a bit less sore. It’s like they kind of take the edge of the burning pain.

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Get outside

I really struggle to make myself go out when I am absolutely knackered, and it’s the last thing I want to do. But if I do decide to make the effort (or let’s be honest if I have to go out somewhere) then I pretty much always feel better afterwards. Getting a little bit of fresh air can really make you feel more awake, as well as being a great distraction if you are feeling rather sh*t. At home it can be easy to wallow in self pity and how absolutely crap you are feeling, but make yourself get out of your pj’s (or scruffy leggings) and go outside and I bet you’ll feel much better. When I am forcibly made to do the school run despite the fact that I got no sleep and my eyes are only open the tiniest slither, I do feel better afterwards. Even if I’m still annoyed that I had to get up before 7am.

Three Year Old Ava

Drink loads of water and eat well

I know it’s tempting when you are bloody tired to eat things that are full of sugar and drink loads of coffee, but actually these things will make you feel a lot worse. Try to drink loads of water and eat the right foods, foods that don’t make you feel even sleepier, lethargic and crappy.

I know how easy it is to want to eat bacon sandwiches and drink coffee, but that will only make you feel better for a few minutes and then worse after. Caffeine dehydrates you which will make you feel worse, so if you do have to have your coffee to even function then make sure you counteract that by drinking loads of water. Eating a spoonful of coconut oil is also great for giving you energy if you can bring yourself to do it.

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I know, it’s a horrible one, and you probably want to tell me to ‘rude word’ right now, but making yourself jump up (or crawl up?) and do a small amount of exercise really will give you more energy. I am so tired at the moment and I have got out of my exercise routine after being away for a month, but on the days I manage to force myself to do a quick ten minutes or so of exercise then I really do feel the benefits and have more energy, and often also sleep better that night too, so I feel a bit more rested in the morning. Try some HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) so that it can be over with really quickly.

Take regular breaks

If you can, try and have a little break from everything every so often throughout the day; take a quick lie down, or even have a nap if you can. Even a short nap can help you find a bit more energy to get you through the day, and make you feel better.

If you don’t have the time or opportunity to have a nap, then try closing your eyes for a few minutes to give your eyes a rest, especially if you are on a computer a lot. Take a mini-break from work for a few minutes every hour or two to help you relax, have a cup of tea and a sit down.

I hope these tips help you if you are feeling really tired. I think when you feel exhausted and your entire body feels so heavy you just need to go easy on yourself, accept that today is a particularly bad one, and remember that tomorrow is a new day.

Do you have any tips for when you are feeling really tired? How do you make yourself feel better?


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  1. October 29, 2015 / 4:29 pm

    Gettin up and getting active really helps me to feel a bit better and wide awake. great tips hun xxx

  2. Tracy Nixon
    October 29, 2015 / 6:09 pm

    I make an effort and take our dog out – even if it is just for a short walk. Usually the blast of fresh air wakens me up and I feel better when I get back home – then I make myself a latte, put my feet up and relax!

  3. October 29, 2015 / 9:16 pm

    I usually play my favourite tunes on my laptop to help get me in a good mood. Or I would sometimes go for a brisk walk to my local park and relax for a while. Then I go home feeling refreshed.

  4. Ruth Harwood
    October 30, 2015 / 10:05 am

    I take a walk

  5. karen cowley
    October 30, 2015 / 10:15 am

    I love to get in the bath , have a proper bubble bath, candles and then get out nice and warm , watch a good movie all clean and cosy x

  6. October 30, 2015 / 10:28 am

    I used to use the rehydrating eyedrops when I was at Uni and pulled all nighters finishing off essays, there were a god send x
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  7. Lauren Tourle
    October 30, 2015 / 10:31 am

    A long bath with plenty of bubbles :)

  8. laura stewart
    October 30, 2015 / 12:07 pm

    a nice warm drink

  9. Libby N
    October 30, 2015 / 12:35 pm

    Take a good long refreshing walk – always clears my head and makes me feel better x

  10. Samantha Loughlin
    October 31, 2015 / 12:00 am

    Drink lots of water and fresh air to wake me up. If nighttime snuggle on the sofa

    October 31, 2015 / 12:18 am

    A long soak in the bath with a strong cup of tea

  12. Sandra Bald
    October 31, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    I find taking a walk outside helps me

  13. Emma Ellams
    October 31, 2015 / 6:43 pm

    Spend some quality time by myself, have a nice warm bath and read a good book (with lots of chocolate)

  14. jemma dwyer
    October 31, 2015 / 10:25 pm

    fresh air helps me x

  15. Stevie
    November 1, 2015 / 5:13 pm

    I like to put the radio on through the night.

  16. Nikki Hayes
    November 1, 2015 / 7:35 pm

    Coffee – lots and lots of coffee :D

  17. Kelly Hemmings
    November 2, 2015 / 12:13 am

    Walks in the lovely autumn sunshine are fantastic for making you feel fresh & lifting your mood x

  18. Kelly L
    November 2, 2015 / 12:42 am

    Get an early night!

  19. aaron broad
    November 2, 2015 / 2:16 pm

    I have some cold milk

  20. Dawn Canning
    November 3, 2015 / 9:59 am

    If I’m at work I’ll have a high protein snack some nuts and a strong cup of coffee. If I’m at home I might treat myself to a cheeky nap!

  21. betony Bennett
    November 3, 2015 / 11:18 am

    Sleep….. or drink haha!!

  22. Chris Hall
    November 3, 2015 / 12:04 pm

    A long walk along the seafront

  23. Katie Kingsbury
    November 4, 2015 / 11:37 am

    If I can, I have a power nap. If I can’t, I exercise = a brisk walk normally wakes me up.

  24. Cheryl Kean
    November 5, 2015 / 5:21 pm

    I usually have a bath and then play my music loudly :)

  25. Rey Chunara
    November 5, 2015 / 8:18 pm

    I go outside into the fresh air for a while

  26. Allan Robert Wilson
    November 5, 2015 / 9:23 pm

    A long hot bath, glass of whisky and an early night.

  27. juliette
    November 6, 2015 / 10:01 am

    A soak in the bath with a good magazine

  28. Sharon Arnott
    November 6, 2015 / 12:11 pm

    Eat chocolate, not good I know but it gives me a brief lift until the sugar crash

  29. Gemma Cook
    November 8, 2015 / 12:52 am

    I go for a walk and have a cup of horlick’s

  30. rebecca nisbet
    November 8, 2015 / 2:09 am

    i just work through it, i always feel tired, so got use to it now.

  31. Lauren Old
    November 8, 2015 / 12:20 pm

    I put on some comfy clothes and lie down in bed for a while

  32. michelle o'neill
    November 9, 2015 / 8:14 am

    a nice hot bath

  33. Kaci Soderstrom
    November 9, 2015 / 4:33 pm

    Have a cup of tea and a shower

  34. Deborah Mackenzie
    November 9, 2015 / 5:59 pm

    Have a power nap!

  35. Sheri Darby
    November 9, 2015 / 10:24 pm

    Have a sleep in the bath

  36. Brenda Wilkes
    November 10, 2015 / 12:03 am

    Take my dogs for a walk.

  37. Kerry W
    November 10, 2015 / 1:35 am

    I have Chronic Fatigue as a symptom of several illnesses, so I’m always tired!! The only options I have are give in to it and give my body the sleep it needs, or try and fight it with lots of coffee, doughnuts and getting outside in the brisk Autumn air.

  38. jo liddement
    November 10, 2015 / 8:36 am

    A soak in the bath,a good book and then an early night

  39. elaine stokes
    November 10, 2015 / 8:56 am

    I go for a walk in the fresh air

  40. Kayleigh
    November 10, 2015 / 10:56 am

    Strong coffee!

  41. Kim Styles
    November 10, 2015 / 11:17 am

    a herbal tea and some fresh air !

  42. Allan Fullarton
    November 10, 2015 / 11:28 am

    A really hot drink.

  43. nicola james
    November 10, 2015 / 12:59 pm

    close my eyes for 5 for a quick refresh

  44. Tracy
    November 10, 2015 / 1:59 pm

    A nice hot cuppa and a bath makes me feel better

  45. Kim Neville
    November 10, 2015 / 2:31 pm

    Some stretch exercises or lie down for 5 minutes

  46. Lyndsey Beckford
    November 10, 2015 / 5:54 pm

    I try to get some exercise eg go for a walk

  47. ayesha warsi
    November 10, 2015 / 6:05 pm

    a cup of coffee

  48. Chris Fletcher
    November 10, 2015 / 9:06 pm

    I go for a run when I can, I find it so energising!

  49. Katie
    November 10, 2015 / 9:45 pm

    I always take the dog for a walk in the woods wakes me up!

  50. Nancy Bradford
    November 10, 2015 / 9:56 pm

    Sleep is the best medicine. I used to do better on tests in Uni than the people who stayed up all night studying because I was well rested.

  51. donna l jones
    November 10, 2015 / 11:19 pm

    go for a walk with the dogs

  52. Charlotte Hood
    November 11, 2015 / 12:08 am

    I don’t try to fight it – I make myself some herbal tea and shut my eyes (without sleeping) for 5 minutes. Makes all the difference

  53. Neha Parmar
    November 11, 2015 / 9:08 am

    A good sleep…refreshes me..

  54. Rebecca Mercer
    November 11, 2015 / 9:19 am

    I go for a walk to get some fresh air then home for a nice coffee

  55. Victoria Prince
    November 11, 2015 / 12:17 pm

    I eat a banana!

  56. Malcolm Butterworth
    November 11, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    An early night helps me.

  57. Anita
    November 11, 2015 / 1:16 pm

    I wear contact lenses, so my eyes always feel strained and tired, eye drops help to a certain degree but so does catchy loud sing a long music

  58. Tessa D
    November 11, 2015 / 1:27 pm

    Get up and make myself a cup of tea or coffee

  59. Pauline Burroughs
    November 11, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    A good brisk walk usually makes me feel better

  60. Karl Borowy
    November 11, 2015 / 6:40 pm

    chopin music

  61. Minnie15
    November 11, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    Strong coffee and a shower! :) x

  62. Theresaparker
    November 11, 2015 / 7:50 pm

    I go cycling, this really helps

  63. Becky Cornes
    November 11, 2015 / 8:57 pm

    I have at least 8 glasses of water a day and try to have at least 15 minutes of fresh air day. Works wonders.

  64. Hayley Todd
    November 11, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    If it’s in the evening, I snuggle on the sofa with a hot chocolate and either a good book or movie with a hot chocolate. If it’s during the day and I’m in work, I drink lots of water and eat something sugary!

  65. Caroline Buckley
    November 11, 2015 / 9:47 pm

    Relax on the sofa

  66. viv carey
    November 11, 2015 / 11:32 pm

    i get active and go for a walk

  67. Tammy Neal
    November 11, 2015 / 11:33 pm

    I usually play my favourite tunes on my laptop to help get me in a good mood.

  68. Natalie Gillham
    November 12, 2015 / 12:49 am

    I don’t produce enough tears and get very dry eyes when i’m tired so have to use eye drops daily unfortunately they charge quite a lot for these eye drops. I also drink coffee when i’m tired to give me a kift :)