By Jake Sepulveda
The idea of closing your eyes and shutting out the light might be a frightening thought during a Zombie outbreak or attack, but to continue surviving, you’ll need plenty of rest.
Sleeping after or during any type of traumatic life event, can be difficult, if not impossible for some… but eventually, whether you like it or not, everyone succumbs to exhaustion and closes their eyes. Volunteering a few moments to rest throughout the day, and getting a good night of sleep will keep your body and brain charged and ready to go when you need it most… without the fear of tumbling into an unwanted slumber.
Finding rest when there’s danger at your door: Naps and resting periods of just 15 minutes have been proven to improve physical performance and brain functions. Much more than that, without a full 6-8 hours of sleep, and you run the risk interrupting a sleep cycle… and that means you’ll likely be more tired that when you started.
- Find a safe location that can be at least semi-secured against the elements and external dangers like Zombies, raiders, and wild animals. This can be anything from boarded up building, inside of a car, up a water tower, the back of a cave, or even under a rock if it’s big enough.
- Do your best to insulate and warm your body as needed. Be careful of using fire if you plan on actually sleeping, it could quickly get out of control and put an end to things altogether. Wrapping yourself in an emergency blanket, leaves, or even sections of cardboard can help to stave off any unwanted cold.
- Try to calm your thoughts and let your mind rest while it can, you’ve got plenty of problem solving and quick-thinking you’ll have to do later on. It might sound silly, but with a bit of practice, taking controlled focused breaths and picturing calm water or simple empty space, can help to relax your mind.
It might not sound like a big deal, but exhaustion can sneak up on anyone at a moments notice… and when it does, there’s not much they can do about it. Remember, an exhausted brain and body makes for an easy meal. So don’t forget to tuck yourself in… just don’t do it too tightly.