Healthy Ways to Stay Awake

Okay. Let’s face the facts. The older you get, the more tired you become. Honestly, most of the time I’m walking around with bags under my eyes and I can never seem to get a perfect amount of sleep. I never get to take a good nap, I’m pretty consistently tired, and especially lately, with it being so warm, the sun likes to drain all my energy. Not to mention, I’m in the middle of moving and my body and mind is absolutely beyond exhausted. I also am trying my best to stay away from caffeine considering how poorly it treats your body. Anyways, here are some ways I’ve been staying awake without caffeine and trying to do it healthily.

 

Showering:

No seriously, a shower can help jumpstart your nerves and trick your mind into thinking it’s refreshed and clean, as well as ready to start the day.

 

Eat an Apple:

Apples have natural sugars in them that can help wake you up and increase your carbohydrates that your body needs without bogging you down. Not only that, but apples can help boost your immune system, reduce cholesterol, reduce your risk of diabetes, and help get a better heart.

 

Drink Some Water:

I used to get so frustrated when people would tell me “just drink some water”. But it really, truly, is so good for you. When I drink water, it just helps me feel awake, and less hungry and I feel a lot better about myself and it helps me feel more awake and less bloated and bogged down.

 

Take a Break from the Screens:

Irritating your eyes and mind with the constant lights of a screen can make your eyes watery and feel heavy and a lot more tired. Not to mention, I know how hard it can be to avoid screens, (Trust me, I work with screens non-stop for 8 hours a day.) but even just a tiny break will leave your tired brain thanking you.

 

Get a Little Active:

Moving your feet around, taking a break to walk to the bathroom, or to get a drink, standing up for a minute, or anything that relieves your body of the constant sitting motion, making you feel even more tired can make a HUGE difference.

 

Listen to a Good Song:

Singing along to your favorite song, or listening to something that makes you feel good to help stimulate your brain can be the little boost of energy you need.

 

Deep Breathing:

Seriously, just do some lamaze breathing to help increase the oxygen to your brain and help wake you up.

 

Really, anything that can stimulate your brain in a healthy way will not only keep you awake, but keep you feeling healthy and happy.

 

Also, as a side note, although it is delicious, oranges and orange juice, as well as bananas, have trace amounts of melatonin in it, so it actually makes you feel more sleepy.

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