How To Stay Awake Using These Simple Tricks
How To Stay Awake?
The question how to stay awake and get the work done when having a deadline, seems to become almost our everyday problem in life.
But, this doesn’t refer only to work.
For example, you are driving a long trip and the motel is still long ahead. What to do in situations similar to this when you need to clear your head and stay awake for a little bit longer?
There are few proven ways that might get you there, still, you will have to find the right one that works best for you.
Reset Your Internal Clock With Light
The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults should get somewhere between 7-9 h of sleep. Not many sleep this much, and some does. Even more.
Some say to use light.
And the question is, how to use light to switch your internal clock?
Simple. Turn on a bright light by the end of the day and it will cause alertness, making your mind sharper than it was before.
A study dealt with this issue, and showed that a bright light at the end of a night shift was effective in increasing alertness in working environment.
It is worth to try and see if it will work for you – keeping you awake. It does for me.
Use The Sunlight
If you have problems with staying awake during the day(due to lack of sleep), if possible, on a sunny day, go out on a sunshine for about every 10 min, close your eyes and turn towards it (with eyes closed of course, don’t forget).
Morning exposure to the sun will give you enough sun rays to let your brain know it’s time to wake up and start the day.
And also, you can use fresh morning breeze as a wake up induction, as this-together with sunshine combination, will reset your internal clock almost immediately.
Do Some Moves
There is no better way to wake up than exercising. It stimulates your body, “juices” are start flowin’ and you’ll wake up in a second.
Even if you are still slow, and it happens that you live in an apartment building, take the stairs up and down and see what happens: you’ll experience immediate energy boost.
Even a study has proved it. Researchers found that sleep-deprived participants who walked up and down stairs for at lest 10 minutes felt more energized, other than drinking daily caffeine dosage. And in addition to that, this type of exercise significantly increased their motivation for work.
Bottom line: short bursts of exercise gives you the boost you need even though you are lack of sleep.
Cold Water Splash
This is quite simple.
As you wake up, you are already washing your face with a cold water. How does this make you feel? Instant freshness and eyes wide open?
Yes, of course.
Warmth naturally makes us feel cozy, and exposure to colder temperatures are rather reinvigorating. Cold acts like a stressor, releasing the hormone called noradrenaline, which puts us to almost instant alert.
So, if you need a quick wake up while at work and you wanna stay awake, try to splash some cold water over your face and clear your mind so you can carry on with your tasks.
Try Cooler Shower Instead
Of course, everybody is showering with warm water, making us feel so cozy and sleepy afterwards, but if you want to wake up and stay awake, you should try using some cooler water instead.
To tell you the truth, I am doing this, but not with ice cold shower. I am switching warm and cooler water randomly, which really gives that blood flowing through the body.
You can feel it almost instantly and you’ll feel much fresher and readier for the day.
Do Some Yoga Breathing
As it is commonly known that yoga breathing will calm you down and make you sleepy, it acts quite the opposite. The increased oxygen flow actually helps the brain work better and automatically it will make you more focused.
Deep breathing will help you. It will calm you down, but it will give you more energy. Shallow breathing often occurs in stressful situations and the body is not getting necessary oxygen levels, making you experience moments of muscle fatigue.
You already know about the importance of drinking water and you can read about it here. Staying fully hydrated is simply a must if you want to keep your body to work optimally.
Hydrating well, makes you feel more awake in case of sleep deprivation. Even if you are slightly dehydrated, you will experience fatigue and slight reduction in brain function, among other symptoms.
Water makes your mind clear and sharp.
Take Care of Your Eyes
Working long hours in front of a computer or laptop, will make your eyes become swollen and red, and combine it with lack of sleep – it is a self demolition act.
Do some frequent breaks, avoiding to look in the screen for at least 20 min. Tired eyes will cause a fatigue experience which mimics tiredness and sleepiness. And all you want to do is stay awake.
Digital eye strain in some cases can be worse than sleep deprivation, therefore, take a break and look away for a while.
Give your eyes some rest.
Stimulate Brain With Conversation
One on one conversation is brain refreshing and you should practice it even at work. It will clear your mind, rest your eyes and make you feel more awake.
A slight mental break is a brain refreshing and it is something you should do more often.
Try and you’ll see. Do some 1-0-1.
Use Energy Snacks
Turning to protein energy snacks is better, as they will give you more energy than fatty and full of carbs ones, as they will make you feel sluggish and sleepy.
And all you wanna do is to stay awake and do your thing.
Be careful with taking sugars, as they are short energy boosters. After your body spend them quickly, you will became sluggish and more sleepy, and it will be harder for you to stay awake.
Put Some Rhythm On
Start the day with some music that has a beat on, which will move your body. It will surely bounce you around and increase your energy levels.
I bet you’ve done this already and felt the effect of a good music.
What happens? It stimulates areas of the brain involved with paying attention and memory. It stimulates your nervous system entirely.
Don’t Overdo With Coffee
Coffee is known for its brain stimulation abilities, but be careful with the amounts you consume, since it is quite addictive. You’ll train your brain to function better only with coffee.
It is not recommended to drink caffeine any later than early afternoon, as you may have trouble getting to sleep at night, which will start the sleep deprivation cycle over again, and that is something you would like to avoid.
Therefore, if you want to stay awake, experiment a little bit with all aforementioned, and see what works best for you.
And of course, share it with us in the comments part.
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