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Survival Guide: Getting by on Limited Sleep
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Bawling baby? Noisy neighbor? Snoring spouse? The causes may be different, but the effect is the same: an incomplete night's sleep. Add to the mix an inflexible wake-up time and you have yourself a quandary: how to get through the day with an inadequate supply of Z's. Well, prop those eyelids open for just a few more minutes — this guide may be exactly what you need to make it through.

First, the basic stuff: You need sleep. Scientists will forever debate the ideal amount and circumstances, but if you're bagging seven to eight hours of shut-eye a night, you're on the right track.

Here are some workarounds to help keep you from nodding off between bedtimes.

Power Nap

A midday nap can do a body good. Consider booking a lunchtime trip to dreamland. It's as easy as stretching out in your car, setting an alarm on your cell phone and letting the Sandman work his magic.

Exercise

No time to catch up on sleep? Try doing something physical: deep knee bends, a stroll to the water fountain, a quick jog up and down the stairs, arm-wrestling a coworker (Kidding! Had to make sure you're still awake). Just about anything that gets your blood flowing — and is workplace-friendly — can help you fend off the sleepies.

Get Chatty

Nothing gets your brain sparking like a spirited conversation, so call in the reinforcements. A quick chat with a coworker, either in-person or via instant messaging, is quick, easy way to reengage.

Armed with these tips — and the prospect of better sleep soon — you'll be ready to seize the day and night.

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