By Nicole Tinkham
Do you ever find yourself falling asleep in the middle of the day and you just can’t figure out why? You feel like you’re getting plenty of sleep but it keeps happening and you aren’t getting as much done in the day as you’d like to. I know this feeling all too well since I struggle with it often. Believe it or not, there could be a solution to this sleepiness that doesn’t involve getting more sleep at all. So instead of wasting the day away being unproductive, you need to try these methods! Read on for 5 ways to wake up that don’t involve getting more sleep.
1. Get enough Vitamin B
Did you know that vitamin B12 deficiency is actually really common? You may not think twice about it but Vitamin B is known for increasing energy and it really works. I had to mention this one because I know from experience that it’s a must for me in the morning. I take a pill but you can also get a great source of vitamin B12 from meat as well. Everyone is different though and the amount of Vitamin B that everyone needs can vary. If you’re still feeling extremely exhausted, you may want to see a doctor on other options.
2. Drink more water
While water is essential and has so many health benefits, it can also help you stay mentally sharp. I find that cold ice water is best for reducing sleepiness but the important thing is to just drink it throughout the day. If you have a problem remembering to drink more water, get yourself a big water bottle that you love and set a timer to remind yourself to sip often. It’s recommended to drink water after waking up, 30 minutes before a meal (helps with digestion), and before bed.
3. Take breaks
It’s so easy to feel burned out when working on a single project for hours at a time. You need a little variety in your day so get up and move around. I’ve found that getting outside in the sunshine helps to wake up and we could all really use more fresh air anyway. You don’t have to take long breaks throughout your busy day. In fact, just 5 minutes should do the trick. You can even be productive while you walk around by listening to some audio (an audio book, inspiring music, or a helpful podcast).
This one may sound like an oddball (how can being active give you more energy??) but just trust me on this. Exercise actually helps you produce energy during basic everyday tasks which means it will take you longer to tire out and when you do, you’ll recover much quicker. Remember that it’s ok to stick with a light routine. No need to train for a marathon here. Start your morning with a walk, some yoga, or even some simple stretches. The key is to get moving.
5. Eat the right foods
You may think sugars and carbs spike your energy but they could actually make you much more tired later in the day. Try sticking with whole foods whenever possible with no extra junk added (think the outer aisles of the grocery store) and you’ll have more overall energy, better health, and just feel much better inside and out. We recommend having healthy snacks on hand so you’re not tempted to reach for the junk when you get hungry throughout the day.
We just gave you 5 ways to wake up and feel more energized without the typical solution of just getting more sleep. Of course, sometimes sleep is the answer! So be sure to get your 6-8 hours of sleep every night, stick with a schedule, don’t have any caffeine after 2PM (it can mess with your sleep even if you fall asleep just fine!), make sure it’s dark and cold in the bedroom, and eliminate all distractions (phone, TV, computer) before bed. Get your sleep plus the things mentioned above and you should see a boost in your energy allowing you to be more productive and happier.
There are so many ways to live a life full of energy. Tell us, what method works for you??