Five tips for staying out late when you’d rather be in bed….

Wishing you were at home instead?

As we get older, we are more likely to stick to a nighttime routine. Not only because we know it’s what will make us feel our best, but also because life tends to work out that way. If you have kids that go to school and you have been going to work at the same place for years, it’s easy to get into the habit of going to bed and getting up at the same time every day.

That is, until Friday or Saturday night rolls around and you have to be out late.

Whether it’s a party that you feel like you have to attend or you want to avoid feeling overly tired for an exciting night out with your girlfriends, there are some things you can do to make staying out late more enjoyable, even if you would rather be at home in bed.

Plan your own ride home

If you’re out late at night, chances are, you’re going to have a few drinks. It can be a great way to relax and enjoy the evening, unless you find yourself in an accident. Impaired driving played a role in nearly 6,000 vehicle accidents in 2018 in Alabama alone. Don’t be part of a statistic like that.

You don’t have to rely on someone else to take you home either. Plan your own ride home by scheduling someone to pick you up ahead of time or making sure you have a cab company’s number or app programmed into your phone. When you know you have a safe way to get back home, you’ll be more likely to relax, enjoy yourself, and stay out late.

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Stay on your feet

You may find yourself sitting a lot when you’re out late at night. You might sit around a table at the bar, you might be in a seat for a late night show, or you might be sitting for a game night. There’s nothing wrong with sitting a little bit, but it can make you tired.

Make time to get on your feet when you’re out late at night. You might suggest hitting the dance floor, you can simply stand up at the bar while other members of your party stand, or you may excuse yourself to go to the bathroom to stretch your legs. No matter how you do it, standing up will help you feel more awake.

Snack smart

If you’re up later than usual, you’re going to end up getting hungry. Although you may be tempted to order a dessert off the menu, you would be better off choosing a snack that will provide you with long lasting energy.

A few energy-boosting snacks include:

  • Trail mix
  • Apple with peanut butter
  • Cheese, especially gruyere
  • Dry-roasted edamame

Make sure there’s at least one thing you’re looking forward to

It’s a lot more fun to go out when you’re looking forward to it. If you’re out late because you feel obligated to attend a party or a work function, you’re going to have a hard time convincing yourself to stay out late. Find something you can plan that will help you look forward to staying out late.

It might mean inviting a friend you are looking forward to seeing, it could mean eating at your favourite restaurant, or you might plan to order your favourite alcoholic beverage. It might even mean planning ahead and looking forward to sleeping in the next morning. No matter what it is, if there’s at least one thing you’re looking forward to, you’ll enjoy yourself more and stay out a little later.

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Have an out in your back pocket

There’s nothing wrong with going out and wanting to take off a little early, especially if you’re really tired or you know you have to get up early in the morning. Having a preplanned excuse ready to go can save you a lot of trouble and anxiety when you want to go, but it can also put your mind at ease.

If you feel stuck at a party or gathering, you’ll be more likely to want to leave early. If you know you’re prepared to leave whenever you want, you’ll be more likely to relax, and you may find yourself staying later than you originally planned.

Staying out late every once in a while can be a lot of fun, even if it takes you outside your normal nightly routine.

Have as much fun as possible, even if you dream of climbing in bed, with the tips on this list.