WAYS TO STAY ALERT WITHOUT COFFEE!

IS CAFFEINE YOUR SLEEPY SAVIOUR? FEELING A LITTLE ADDICTED…?

Feeling tired and sluggish at work is the pits. Let’s be honest – we spend so much time at work we should at least enjoy it, rather than feeling like we want to curl up into a ball and sleep all day. Which is why it’s tempting to keep downing cups of coffee or other caffeinated substances like RedBull when you’re nodding off at work.

Unfortunately, consuming large quantities of caffeine comes with risks. In general, more than 600 milligrams of caffeine a day may cause side effects including insomnia, nervousness, and stomach problems. Plus, get ready for the crash and burn to happen a few hours later.

Fortunately, there are plenty of alternative ways to perk yourself up — beyond simply sleeping more at night. Here’s what InspireCycle recommends…

NAPTIME!

As long as it’s not too long, napping for 5 to 25 minutes about six to seven hours before you’d normally go to bed is a great way to recharge. Going much longer than that means the post-sleep grogginess also known as “sleep inertia” will kick in, leaving you sluggish after you wake.

PRES PLAY FOR MUSIC TIME

Listening to your favourite tunes can actually release feel-good chemicals in your brain that can give you a boost. It’s been proven that listening to your favourite songs can give your body essentially “goosebumps and chills” for 15 minutes, leaving your brain overloaded with dopamine, a brain chemical that is involved in pleasure and reward.

HERBS TO THE RESCUE

Consider keeping a stash of herbal oil in your desk. Studies have found that people who sniff rosemary or rosemary oil feel more alert, “fresher,” and more relaxed. They may even perform better in problem solving situations – bonus!

WORKOUT IN THE MORNING

Movement can be a tremendous source of energy, something we all need when we start our day to avoid the caffeine overload. But beyond that, morning exercise has been shown to improve focus and mental abilities all day long. Not only will you feel awake and have more energy after your workout, but your mind will be ready to take on whatever tasks you have lined up that day.

DISCOVER A HOBBY OR SIDE HUSTLE THAT INSPIRES YOU

Dehydration is a huge energy suck. It can cause fatigue, confusion, heart palpitations, and even fainting. This is because up to 60% of the human body is water. In addition to lubricating joints and flushing waste from the body, the bloodstream uses water to shuttle nutrients like oxygen and carbohydrates to various body parts, including the brain. Did you know that even mild dehydration — a loss of 1-2% of the water in your body — was associated with fatigue and confusion?

SAY YES TO GREEN TEA

Still a sucker for mild caffeine? A cup of green tea has around 24-40 milligrams of caffeine, which is considerably lower than a cup of coffee, which averages 95-200 milligrams. One of the best benefits of green tea is that you can get the caffeine buzz without overdoing it, plus it promotes weight loss and lowers cholesterol, to regulate glucose levels and reduces the risk of cancer. Bonus!

 


Love + Light

Kate

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