Caffeine-addict and sleep-deprived — not going to lie, that describes my 4th and 5th years of pharmacy school!
Seriously though, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to get more sleep. It’s “common sense,” but look at all those caffeine-addicted sleep-deprived people out there (me included!). We all know that we operate better (and have better long-term health) when we get adequate sleep (~8 hours a night). But, how many can truly say they’ve reached the mythological 8 hour mark on a consistent basis?
If you’re having trouble sleeping, try running or exercising in the late afternoon or early evening. Don’t exercise too late, otherwise it may make it hard to fall asleep at night!
About the caffeine thing, I’ll admit I still need my morning coffee for that morning energy boost. However, in terms of fighting fatigue, one of the most important things I do (and that I recommend to my patients) is drink enough water. How much is enough?