Two days into the Republican National Convention and we're willing to bet sleep deprivation is a common thread among the candidates and attendees.

Speeches, smiles and socializing are all part of the job description for the party members, but doing all that on fewer than seven hours of sleep can be a difficult undertaking.

Luckily, there are a few tricks to overcome the problem of not having enough hours in the day. Stuart Quan, professor of Sleep Medicine at the Harvard School of Medicine (who’s been spotted at The Huffington Post’s Oasis), has some tips for the up-all-night candidates (added bonus: they work for the rest of us, too!).

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  • 1. Get Enough Sleep

    '"Get enough sleep' is my number one tip," says Quan, who suggests seven to eight hours a night. While this isn't always an option for many of us, especially those bustling at the convention, when the hours are available, Quan advises taking full advantage of them.

  • 2. Sneak In A Nap

    "When sleep deprived, a nap is the best way to ensure performance efficiency," explains Quan. He says when a candidate is sleep deprived but has to, say, give a speech, he or she should try resting for 15 minutes to avoid misspeaking. But when in need of that nap, a comfy bed or couch may not always be available. While The Oasis has indulgent nap pods, Quan says finding any place that is "quiet and uninterrupted" will work.

  • 3. But Don't Nap For Too Long

    A 15- to 20-minute catnap is a safe bet; any longer and you may enter what's called a delta sleep stage, which will leave you fuzzy for any upcoming activities. To avoid a nap that's too lengthy, Quan suggests setting an alarm: Sleep deprivation puts you at a higher risk for oversleeping -- an alarm will ensure you wake up.

  • 4. Take Advantage Of Your Anchor Sleep

    Ideally, we'd all get the appropriate amount of sleep at the appropriate times -- but when you're working on an altered schedule, you should, at the very least, be able to find a time block where you can get <em>some</em> sleep (even if it's, say, from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. instead of your usual 11 pm. to 7 a.m.). "There might be time during the day when [candidates] can get two to five hours of sleep fairly predictably -- they should take advantage of that," advocates Quan." While a busy schedule no doubt means an unpredictable Z-catching, every hour counts. Being part of some kind of routine with "anchored hours" (again, even if it's not for the ideal number of hours) is better for performance.

  • 5. Have Some Caffeine

    But not more than a cup or two, warns Quan. He says, "When you need to be on top of your game, a cup of coffee is reasonable." Think of coffee as "a little rescue drug when you're sleep deprived." He also points out that some of us are more sensitive to caffeine than others. It's important to remember that decaf coffee <em>does</em> contain caffeine, as do some foods -- like chocolate. Caffeine can help, but you don't want to indulge so much that it destroys the anchor hours you do have available. To avoid having trouble sleeping at night, Quan says to quit the joe once the clock strikes 3 in the afternoon.

  • 6. Sweat A Little

    When you're sleep-deprived, physical activity may be the last thing on your mind. But, Quan says, it can help. "People who are more physically active generally sleep better," he says. But you might want to start <em>before</em> crunch time (when your snoozing hours are few), so your body is accustomed to the energy output.

  • 7. Don't Overeat, And Eat Right

    While we all know the feeling of being exhausted after an indulgent meal, being stuffed to the gills isn't conducive to quality sleep. "These folks are probably going to be invited to a lot of chicken dinners," Quan says of the candidates. "They shouldn't be eating lots ... Going to bed on a full stomach makes it less likely you're going to fall asleep." To avoid the problem, Quan says to eat only until you're satisfied, despite the temptation to indulge in every last bite.

  • 8. Abandon The Booze

    While social events like the conventions seem like the prime time to indulge in a (usually free) spirit or two, it's best to stick to water when it comes to quality sleep. "It seems pretty obvious, but they should avoid drinking," Quan says of the candidates.

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