If you’re at a job where you stare at a computer screen all day, then you probably find yourself falling asleep a lot. How can you keep yourself awake for hours on end, and still be energized by the end of the day? Here are a few tips:
1 – Drink Water
This is probably the primary reason that people get tired and sleepy. You’re actually note really physically tired, you’re body is just dehydrated. If you start feeling sleepy, just down a whole bottle of water. Then keep a bottle or cup at your desk, and you’ll naturally sip at it. When it’s empty, fill it immediately so there’s always water. You may have to pee more often, but that also gets you up and walking.
2 – Look Away from the Screen
When working at a computer, you often stare for long amounts of time without blinking, which is really bad. your eyes get dehydrated and sore, causing you to be sleepy. Set a timer, and every 30 minutes or so, take a few minutes to look away from the screen blink, multiple times, and look at something in the distance so your eye muscles can relax.
3 – Listen to Music
Music has incredible affects emotionally. Something with a good, lively beat can keep you in a good mood and mentally pumped up. If lyrics tend to distract you in a high focus job, try listening to instrumental ambiance music. Spotify is a free music streamer for your desktop and phone that lets you play millions of songs for free. On top of that, they have hundreds of curated playlists to always set the right mood.
4 – Eat Healthy & Eat Often
Start off the day with a good breakfast, but not huge on carbs. Get in fruit & protein to start of your day. Eat a light lunch, anything to large or heavy is going to make you sleepy. Try snacking light and often, rather than larger meals. Having nuts or dried fruit at your desk is a good way to snack healthy, provide nutrients for energy, and keep you somewhat active as you’re munching away.
5 – Move Around & Stretch
Every hour or so, you should stand up, stretch, walk around your office, and swing those arms around. It keep you from getting sore and keep blog moving through your body. Being active physically also helps keep the brain alert.
6 – Get Natural Sunlight
Brightness is good and tells your body’s internal clock that it is still the active part of your day. Whenever possible, step outside to get some natural sun and fresh air.
7 – Chew on Ice
The chilling affect keeps your brain alert, your mouth is in constant action, and it’s just plain fun.
8 – Power Nap
This may be a little difficult to convince your boss, but a good 20-minute nap midday can really boost your energy levels and give you reset on productivity. If anything, just eat lighter and faster, and use the remainder of your lunch break to nap.
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