Sometimes it just doesn’t matter how much sleep you get – you’re still feeling drowsy by the mid-afternoon. Whether you’re working or studying, the constant urge to curl up and take a nap cuts down on productivity. It also can make you feel unhappy and unmotivated. Here are a few simple ways to stop dragging your feet around the office and feel more alert and ready for the entire day!
Keep a Sleep Schedule
Our bodies don’t just love routine; they thrive on it! So if you’ve been feeling tired, even when you get enough sleep, take a look at your sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at irregular times will make it hard for you to get up in the morning and make you feel less rested than you should. Try to go to bed around the same time each night and set an alarm for the morning, especially during the week. And, of course, always try to get at least eight hours of sleep a night. Once you adjust to this routine, you will hopefully feel rested each morning and wake up ready to face the day.
Cut Back on the Alcohol
When you’re drinking it, alcohol may make you feel sleepy, but don’t let it fool you. An alcohol induced sleep does not give you the same rest and rejuvenation as an alcohol-free one. This means you’ll wake up unrested and groggy. Keep alcohol consumption to a moderation and avoid drinking close to bedtime.
This may sound counterintuitive, especially if you are already feeling tired, but exercise is a great energy boost. By exercising regularly, you will increase your energy level and make yourself feel happier and more alert. Try a short jog first thing in the morning to get those endorphins flowing, making you happy and waking you up so you’ll be energized all day! A 30-minute workout is all you need.
If the task at hand is making you drag your feet, take a break. Look at something funny online; go outside and breathe the fresh air; do a mindless task that will let you relax some while still get work done. Any of these activities takes your mind off the more stressful chore and will stop the monotony that is making you feel off your game.
When you start daydreaming, don’t get sucked into worthless distractions. Take that daydreaming inclination and find something to laugh about. This could be a joke your kid sent you or a funny video online. Anything that makes you laugh will make you feel happier and more awake.
Eat Small, But Regular Meals
When your body burns heavy meals, you can end up drowsy and ready for a nap. Unfortunately, going without a meal can make you confused and distracted. Avoid the post-lunch lethargy or mid-morning tummy rumbles, and stick to a few smaller meals throughout the day. By eating five small meals, rather than 3 larger ones, you can keep yourself fed and focused without feeling sluggish or tired.
Your body is primarily composed of water, so of course you need it to function properly. Drinking at least the recommended 8 glasses of water a day can keep you alert; however, drinking even more is advisable. Making sure those glasses are icy cold will perk you up further. An added bonus is that you’ll need to use the restroom regularly, and stretching your legs is always a good thing!
Liz Childers writes about camping stoves for Camping Gear Outlet and hummingbird feeders for Backyard Chirper.