4 Tips on How to Feel More Awake — Because I'm Still Tired From Daylight Savings
Remind me why Daylight Savings exists again.
How to Feel More Awake, Because I'm Still Tired From Daylight Savings
Daylight Savings has been the bane of my existence. We might have lost an hour in early March, but my body still hasn't adjusted to the time change. While I know it's probably my fault and my terrible sleeping habits, I've researched a few ways that can help me – and by extension, you – feel more awake throughout the day.
So if you're on the struggle bus like me, then don't fret! I get it. We're going to get through this together. Here are a few tips on how to feel more energized. Because let's face it, we need it.
Caffeine, But Not Too Much
I love caffeine as much as the next person. In fact, I drink it enough so that my bloodstream might as well be entirely made up of caffeine. But, truth be told, that's probably not the best thing you can do. According to Greatist, studies have found that while you can drink coffee to help you feel more awake, drinking just one cup of coffee is the sweet spot for the best results. The best part? You won't feel jittery, which happens when you take too much caffeine. So next time you're feeling tired, reach for one cup instead of, say, six.
Exercise During the Day
While you shouldn't exercise before bed, if you're feeling sleepy from the moment you wake up, you should find about 30 minutes to exercise during the day. According to WebMD, the University of Georgia has found that exercise has been found to be "effective in increasing energy and reducing daytime fatigue than some medications used to treat sleep problems." The publication also explains that regular exercise can improve the quality of sleep, leaving you feeling more well-rested.
Take a Power Nap
According to the National Sleep Foundation, napping can boost your health and energy. However, the timing of your nap is everything. The foundation revealed that a quick 20-minute power nap is the perfect amount of time to feel more alert and productive. Meanwhile, 30- to 60-minute naps will leave you feeling more tired. So make sure to set an alarm!
Get Some Light In Your Life
Setting your circadian rhythm for the day is an essential part of going to sleep and waking up. According to Business Insider, if you're exposed to bright light, such as natural sunlight, right after waking up, you'll likely feel more awake since the light reminds you that it's time to stay awake. The publication also stated that it can potentially help "perform better later into the day, even in the middle of the afternoon, and help us sleep better at night."
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