How to make it through a midnight movie release and have enough energy the next day

CLEVELAND - Moviegoers will pack theaters across Northeast Ohio Thursday night for the midnight release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part One.

Going to a midnight movie opening can be fun, but it can also wreak havoc on your body. There are some things you do to make it through the movie and the next day.

First, try to nap before you head to the theater.

Dr. Leanne Chrisman-Khawam, Program Director of Family Medicine at MetroHealth Medical Center, said, "Sleep is cumulative, and once you've lost sleep catching up on sleep is very difficult."

She said most people should also try to get as much sleep as possible after you get home from the movie, even if you have to be up early.

"For most people, getting those two hours of sleep is going to be valuable," said Dr. Chrisman-Khawam.

As for trying to stay awake during the movie, caffeine is not the way to go.

Dr. Chrisman-Khawam said, "I think this movie's going to be very stimulating, I think the caffeine will be more stimulating, so if you take those two things and then you get home and try to go to sleep you're going to miss the whole rest of your night's sleep."

And what if you get hungry at the theater? Avoid the sugary snacks and drinks, and even the popcorn.

"Candy, high-sugar, high-fat, not so great. You're gonna get a big spike of energy followed by a big down," Dr. Chrisman-Khawam said.

Instead, opt for water and peanuts.

And for energy the next day, choose foods with vitamin B, healthy proteins and healthy fats.

Dr. Chrisman-Khawam said, "Things like healthy nuts, almonds, walnuts, those kinds of foods, as well as dried fruits."

And if you really need that extra pick-me-up, you have options other than cola or coffee.

"Oregano and thyme are actually herbs that are known to kind of stimulate without being stimulants per say," said Dr. Chrisman-Khawam.

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