Do you struggle to wake up in the morning, or find that you get tired easily throughout the day? Rather than going to coffee, soda, energy drinks, or supplements, the answer is simply in a bottle of water. It sounds plain, but drinking water is key to increasing your energy and productivity throughout your work day.
When You’re Tired, You’re Just Dehydrated
One of the signs of dehydration is being tired and sleepy. So we often resort to caffeine to give us that boost. Though that does work, the effect doesn’t last and often leaves you even more tired.
Other times we opt for a quick nap. It’s true that most of the time we just lack sleep, and so taking a nap is the best solution.
But the answer is usually a lot simpler than that. We just need water. Our bodies our 60% water, so drinking water helps increase metabolism and physical energy. Our brains are 75% water, so it also helps increase mental focus.
Drink A Bottle of Water in the Morning
If you’re not a morning person, waking up can be a painful experience. We hit the snooze button as many times as possible until we absolutely need to wake up, hoping that a little more sleep will give us a little more energy.
But our bodies really need is water. When you’ve been asleep for 5-8 hours, that’s a long time without drinking. When you wake up in the morning, your body is extremely dehydrated and needs water, though you may not actually feel thirsty.
Try this – before going to bed each night, place a bottle of water on your nightstand. When you wake up, just down the whole thing. Then sit there for a few minutes.
As your body receives the water it needs, you’ll feel yourself waking up and feeling more energized.
Have a Water Bottle at Your Desk
Throughout the work day, we don’t really drink water very consistently, and often get dehydrated quickly, resulting in sluggishness midday.
If you have a desk job, keep a water bottle at your desk and strive to drink and refill every 2-3 hours. You should go through at least 3 water bottles throughout your workday. If you have a more active job, you’ll need to drink more.
Set a timer or alarm on your phone or computer. Once it goes off, finish you water bottle, no matter how much is left, and refill. You’ll notice that you’ll have a little more energy throughout the day.
Refilling your water bottle also has beneficial side effects. When you’re getting up and walking to refill or go to the bathroom (which you’ll do a lot more as you drink, and is a good thing), you’re moving. Your muscles warm up and stretch, your blood gets moving, and it’ll make you less sore and fatigued.
Also, if you stare at a computer, it helps get your eyes off the monitor so they can rest, and helps reduce sleepiness.
Counter Caffeine with Water
Caffeine dehydrates. So if you’re tired from dehydration, drinking coffee or soda make give you a little burst, but will ultimately make you even more tired afterwards.
If you do drink coffee, make sure to counter balance it with a lot of water. Try drinking a whole bottle of water before coffee and after coffee. You’ll still get the caffeine you crave, but will help prevent you from dehydrating and crashing afterwards.
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