Waking up every morning feeling like you’re hung-over and exhausted is no one’s idea of a good start to the day. Unfortunately, for too many of us feeling sleepy all day is just a fact of life, but it doesn’t have to be. You can feel more awake and energized each and every day. All you have to do is change up some of your habits and start some new ones. We have seven ways to help you feel more awake in just one week.
1. Get Hydrated
While you sleep, your body flushes the toxins from your body, and it does this by using stored water. Try going to sleep with a bottle or glass of water by your bed each night. Then, as soon as you wake up, make it a goal to finish the glass before you head to breakfast. Then, at breakfast, drink another glass of water. Dehydration leads to fatigue, where as hydration gives you energy, clears up your skin, and helps you digest better. You choose.
2. Take a Hot Shower
You may be a night shower person because you like cleaning off the grime of the day, but that may need to change. The feeling of hot water pounding on your body can be a great energizer. Even if you don’t want to skip your nightly shower, add a quick rinse in the morning to invigorate your body and get you started off on the right foot.
3. Exercise First Thing
Even if you’ve had a terrible night of sleep, exercising first thing in the morning can completely change your energy level and help you feel more awake all day long. Exercising wakes up your body, gets your blood pumping, and even gives you a healthy glow. Not only that, exercising releases endorphins, which make you happy and give you extra energy. It doesn’t have to be long, just a simple 30-minute workout, but it’s well worth the effort.
4. Stop Watching TV at Night
You might think that watching the TV as you fall asleep at night is a great way to relax, but you’re wrong. A study by the University of California reveals that TV can actually be stressful and not beneficial at all. So, instead of lying in bed with the TV on, take a long walk every night right before you hit the sack. A 2008 study in Psychological Science
found that spending time in nature is a much better way to restore your energy and help you focus.
5. Avoid the Quick Fix
If you’re tired in the afternoon and you need to feel more awake, don’t grab for another cup of coffee or a dark chocolate chip muffin. Those are temporary caffeine-driven quick fixes that don’t reach the heart of the issue. Spiking your blood with caffeine and glucose can actually make you feel more tired and cause fuzzy thinking. In fact, a recent study from the University of South Dakota found that people with sharp uptakes and plummets of glucose, like when you use a quick fix, had less clear thinking. Instead, eat protein like nuts to give you healthy energy or fuel your body with a spurt of exercise or a taste of nature.
6. Listen to Music
Music makes you feel good mentally and physically. If you’re used to working in silence throughout the day, grab some headphones and put on some music instead. Research shows it can reduce anxiety, lower blood pressure, decrease stress hormones, and help you feel more awake. Listening to upbeat music throughout the day can improve your mental performance. And before bed, if you listen to 45 minutes of classical music, you’ll sleep more soundly according to researchers in Budapest.
7. Change Gears
Doing anything for hours on end can be exhausting. Unfortunately, that’s what most of our jobs look like. You can change it. If you’ve been sitting at your desk for an hour, and you haven’t moved or done something else, you need to get up and walk around. Changing your view and getting your body into a different rhythm can be a huge help. Next time you feel yourself falling asleep, get up, shake your arms, grab another glass of water, and stretch your body. Then, you can get back to work.
Don’t accept tiredness as a way of life. Instead, try our 7 ways to feel more awake in 7 days and watch the difference it makes.