When we’re exhausted, it’s hard to get any work done. If you notice that you’re sleepy often, there may be some behavioral tweaks that you can make in order to experience more alertness and motivation. Check out the following expert-backed ways to get that energy up:
1. Get Outside
The power of the sun is amazing. Just walking outside for a few minutes can invigorate us and help us to become more alert and energized. It’s important that we all get outside daily, since humans weren’t meant to spend all of their time cooped up indoors. To have an even more positive effect on the psyche, take a friend or coworker along and bond over non-work-related activities. Just make sure to wear your sunscreen daily and try not to be outside for a long amount of time between the hours of 10 AM and 2 PM.
Exercise is a great way to get rid of sleepiness. Try to exercise on a consistent basis so that you’re elevating your metabolism and keeping your energy throughout the day. Bonus: exercising regularly improves sleep quality, which in term makes you less tired. If you do nothing else, try to exercise for at least a half hour every day. You also want to make sure that your meals consist of carbs and proteins within two hours of working out heavily, because it can decease the initial energy loss that can come from exercising super hard.
3. When To Consult A Physician
If you can’t stop nodding off during times when you need to be alert, then it’s time to see a physician or sleep specialist. You may have a sleep disorder such as narcolepsy or excessive sleepiness, that your doctor or sleep specialist can treat. If you’re falling asleep because of stress, talking with a cognitive behavioral therapist can help you form some healthy sleepy habits that can help to reduce anxieties and stress.
4. If You’re Tired While Driving, Pull Over
Driving while you’re sleepy is incredibly dangerous because it messes with your reaction time. Experts believe that driving when you’re sleepy is just as dangerous as if you’re driving while intoxicated. So if you’re sleepy, have someone else drive or pull over to the side of the road and nap until you’re no longer feeling fatigued. If you’re on a road trip, switch drivers often and make stops at least every two hours to get some fresh air, take a walk and perhaps buy some nutritious snacks.
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