Nearly everyone has days when they feel sleepy. But for some people, excessive sleepiness actually gets in the way of daily work, childcare, and even leisure activities. This is known as hypersomnia, recurrent sleepiness that makes people want to nap repeatedly, even at work.
Not surprisingly, the problem of daytime sleepiness usually starts at night. Even missing just a few nights’ sleep, or not getting enough uninterrupted sleep, can slow you down and sour your mood.
Coffee’s just not getting the job done on its own, and you really don’t feel like dumping vials of miniature energy drinks into your system just to get through a few hours of work. The good news is that you don’t need to: Here are a few simple tricks to wake yourself up naturally, quickly, and without spending more money.
Some of the nation’s leading sleep doctors offer tips on how to power through the day after a bad night’s rest.
Drink More Water
Consider this statistic: it takes only a 2% drop in hydration levels to affect attention and memory.
Water gives the brain the electrical energy needed for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes. H2O is also required for the production of brain neurotransmitters and hormones.
Carry a water bottle with you at all times. Even better, keep a water bottle at every location where you spend chunks of time.
If you make a conscious effort to do this, you will drink more water. As a result, you’ll be more focused; you’ll think much faster, and you’ll maximize your creativity!
Eat Richer Food
While you may be eating healthy, it doesn’t mean you’re getting the necessary amount of nutrients. Nutritional deficiencies are prevalent – and a big reason for brain fog.
Ensure that you’re (a) eating a well-balanced, healthy diet, and (b) supplementing for shortcomings in nutritional intake.Vitamins A, C, and B12, along with calcium, magnesium, and zinc are very important for brain health.
Taking a high-quality multivitamin is a good option to get all essential and non-essential nutrients. Pure food sources are even better.
Try To Stay Away From Constant Stress
There’s this widespread myth in society that subjecting yourself to constant stress for the sake of work is noble.
We have all the technology to make every piece of information in the world available at our fingertips; yet, less than one-quarter of Americans work for a company that allows remote work. Ironically, over 80 percent of people who work from home report higher satisfaction.
Productivity? Data studies show remote work increases it dramatically.
Work is a huge part of the stress epidemic in this country (and others.) It’s a problem yearning to be corrected – and we’re failing miserably. Limited free time, stagnant wages, and more responsibilities are also contributing to this epidemic.