Instead of hunkering down in your duvet, set your alarm for the latest possible time and instantly get out of bed. The National Sleep Foundation found that putting yourself through another fragmented sleep cycle impairs memory, hurts your general performance and causes grogginess. You snooze, you lose.
In fact, set your alarm ten minutes earlier. Cardiff University found that a bowl of cereal helps lower your levels of stress hormone cortisol. Try one of these breakfasts to be more relaxed through the day, rather than induling in a daily full English.
Adding exercise to your schedule can actually help make it more manageable, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. Heading outdoors is also a potent stress-killer, so why not go for arun for a double dose of therapy that will leave you charged to attack your to-do list.
Tufts University found that without adequate hydration, your body is left feeling fatigued and your mood is affected, especially after exercise. In fact, if you lose 2% of the water stored in your tissue, your energy levels will plunge by 30%. Look to see off a bottle every couple of hours to keep your grey matter topped up.
Take a break
Taking a break could be the best way to hit that deadline. The University of Illinois found that a quick five will help you stay focused on your tasks. At least, that should be your excuse when your boss catches you browsing the Daily Mail sidebar of shame.
Talk to your colleagues
Chat to your cubicle body for a more productive break. MIT Media Lab found that those who talk to co-workers more get through their work faster and feel less stressed. Let your manager know the next time he complains about the noise.
Self-medicating with pinot noir won’t ensure you get your rest. The London Sleep Centre found that sleep may be deeper to start with, but it becomes disrupted. Which is why that after-work pint will leave you groggy the next day. Swap it for hot milk instead; the calcium helps you relax and ensures you’ll be firing in that morning meeting.
Watch TV re-runs
Swap Inception with your beloved TV box sets. Watching re-runs recharges a flagging brain, according to research from the University of Buffalo, which suggests you’re not exerting mental energy and enjoying interactions with familiar characters restores your energy and willpower. Those daily Friends episodes have a constructive purpose after all.