Today’s world is fast-paced, people forever on the go and the days too short. This leads to an ever-growing addiction to caffeine, many just trying to stay awake and fight off that lingering exhaustion. However, there are alternatives, simple little tricks that do wonders to wake one up without the use of caffeine. More to the point, they just might lead to good habits and a healthier lifestyle.
People often squeeze as much as they can in a day, cutting the number of hours they sleep in the process. This leads to a need for something to help them stay awake the next day, caffeine usually the answer. However, one may find nine hours of sleep will do wonders to increase energy levels. Indeed, nine hours of sleep, rather than then eight, is the solution, ensuring individuals not only get plenty of rest but quality sleep that is truly rejuvenating to mind, body and soul.
The thought of a nap is a pleasant idea, but many feel they cannot afford the down time. Ironically enough, people may find napping for approximately twenty minutes a day will revitalize them. The end result is people are far more energetic and productive, making tasks that seemed overwhelming before easy to achieve. Twenty minutes a day can make all the difference in the world.
Simply put, the more active one’s mind is the more aware and alert the person, a stimulated mind the answer to midday drowsiness. Just what will get the mind going varies from person to person, some finding puzzles relaxing and rejuvenating while others prefer learning something new. Whatever one chooses to do, the trick is indeed in getting the mind active rather than letting a inactive mind suck the energy right out of the body.
Work so often means sitting at a desk in an office or cubicle, focused on a computer or the phone, but very little physical activity. One might discover, though, that getting up and jogging in place or doing a little dance will do wonders to renergerize one. Very simply, exercise gets the blood flowing and increases the heart rate, which in turn carries more oxygen to the brain, waking one up and helping one to complete the day. More importantly, this is all without the use of caffeine.
Many people spend the majority of the day indoors, thus under artificial light. Interestingly enough, the lack of sunlight, or natural light, affects one’s energy level. That is not to say one should expose oneself to dangerous levels of UV rays. In fact, ten minutes a day is all that is needed, those few minutes spent soaking up some rays doing a lot to revitalize one, helping to make sure one has the energy to get through the day.
Some people enjoy cooler temperatures while others don’t, but few realize just how much the cold can affect their energy levels. However, people will quickly discover cold is a sleep trigger. Becoming too hot is often just as bad as heat is very draining, but keeping the house or office at the right temperature will help people stay more aware and alert. In short, while caffeine may indeed wake people up, there are alternatives that are healthier and good for the mind, body and soul.