Many have tried, but thus far all have failed to make the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday. Because of that, most of us have to get up at our normal time and go to work or school on Monday. Follow these tips to make it as painless as possible:
- Don’t stay up for the whole game. This is completely out of the question for many, but it works! If you must stay up until the final whistle blows, leave the party as soon as the game is over and head for home.
- Take Monday off or go in late. Really, other than skipping the game it’s the only way to avoid a sleepy day on Monday.
- Don’t eat too much or drink too many adult beverages. Too much food or too many alcoholic beverages can upset your sleep rhythms, making the sleep you do get less productive.
- Have a few minutes of wind-down time afterward. Particularly if you don’t have to get up early on Monday, try to settle down for a little bit before turning off the lights. The game can be exciting, and many people go to Super Bowl parties. Read a book or do some other quiet activity for a half hour before bed. It will make getting to sleep easier.
- Push for the NFL to move the game to Saturday. Why this hasn’t been done yet, we’ll never understand.
In the end, like most things in life, it comes down to moderation. If you don’t overdo it, you may still be tired on Super Bowl Monday, but you’ll make it through the day.