When you’ve had a heavy night, or been up for most of the night working, the worst bit is the morning. Who doesn’t know that feeling when the alarm goes off and you can’t open your eyes as they feel so heavy? With only a few hours’ sleep, or a night of disruption, not only does your mind struggle to wake up but so does your body; everything is an effort, your mind is foggy and your skin dull and puffy.

 

 

Sometimes these types of terrible sleep are unavoidable and sometimes they’re self-inflicted. But how do you make the most of it the morning after? What are the best ways to feeling somewhat alive, if not refreshed?

We can’t promise any magical solutions (and we’d advise to get an early night as soon as you can to avoid sleep deficit), but we do have some suggestions which will certainly help you feel and look a lot perkier!

 

 Take a cold shower

 

We know this sounds like the worst thing ever, especially when you’re not feeling ‘strong’, but the change in temperature initiates deep breathing in response to the body’s shock. Strangely, this helps keep us warm as it increases our overall oxygen intake; the heart rate also increases which releases blood throughout the entire body. This gives us a natural energy boost which can last for the most part of the day and it’s a technique which Katherine Hepburn swore by. Try it!

 

Use a good eye cream

 

This applies to both men and women! The eyes are the window to the soul, as they say, and nothing says a bad night’s sleep more than dark circles and tired eyes. After your shower, dab on an eye cream which helps plump and moisturise the delicate skin.

The –TEN- Anti-Age Revive Eye Contour Cream is perfect for reducing fine lines and wrinkles around the eye area and contains shea butter and sweet almond oil to moisturise, as well as argireline, an anti-wrinkle ingredient (a bit like a non-invasive Botox!) to help eyes appear younger and less tired.

 

Go easy on carbs and stick to protein

 

Starches and sugars found in carbs can increase sluggishness which will only zombie-fy you more. Eat lean protein instead – skinless chicken, fish and Greek yoghurt are best as these contain tyrosine, an amino acid in the brain which promotes faster reactions and thinking time.

  

Eat an orange. Or at least peel it.

 

Did you know that the smell that you get when you peel an orange can stimulate the senses and waken us up? It’s a natural mood-booster and can help you feel less stressed - great for giving you the mental strength and preparation you need to face the day ahead. 

 

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