How To Stay Awake Without Caffeine | 9 Ways to Stay Up All Night.
Staying awake when you are tired can be very difficult. Whether you are trying to work, get through a day after a sleepless night, or recovering from travel, it is possible to help yourself feel awake, alert, and energetic without having to resort to using caffeine or other medications. Getting a good night’s sleep every night is the best long-term solution to chronic fatigue, but there are also many other methods to keep yourself awake and alert.
1. Get outside. Walk outside in the fresh air and sunlight. While any change in environment is likely to help sleepiness, physically moving outdoors will usually be the best choice. If you are able, move your work outside for a little while.
2.Turn on the lights. Though natural light is the best, any increase in light can be a shot to your senses and give you a “wake up” surge. Bright light signals to the brain to awaken.
3. Turn the temperature down. Colder rooms are more likely to make you feel alert. Working in an environment that is hot and stuffy can make you feel like you need to nap. Turn down the thermostat and open a window if it is cool outside.
4. Drink water. Staying naturally hydrated with water will help you feel more alert. The act of drinking water interrupts other work, which gives you a “mini break,” and hydration helps your body function smoothly, which helps you feel awake.
5.Move around. If you are sitting down and working, try to stand up every 5-10 minutes. Do a few jumping jacks or a dance to your favorite song if you need a burst of energy to jump-start your productivity. Going for a short walk down the hall (or, better yet, outside) also helps.
6. Take a power nap, if allowed. Ward off extreme fatigue by taking a short nap. Evaluate whether this option is appropriate for you based on where you are.
7. Take a shower. Taking a shower is sometimes even better than taking a nap. It can refresh you and make you feel like you are ready for more work.
8. Socialize with someone. If you have been working by yourself, engaging in a conversation with another person can help wake up your mind. Engaging in conversation and an exchange of ideas will get your mind working.
9. Write down notes. If you find yourself feeling tired in a meeting—particularly one that is boring—try taking notes about what people are saying. The active participation of taking notes will help keep you mentally engaged with the ideas, which will keep you more alert.
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Amanda Byram talks about caffeine, one of the most popular drinks we consume daily. Many people ask, is it bad for us? How much is too much? Here Amanda explains it’s effect on the body both good and bad.
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Hello everyone! Welcome to #AskAmanda! This video is inspired by sophie Everett who asked on Twitter is “Caffeine Friday Overload. Is caffeine incredibly bad for me?!”
A very good question – and the answer isn’t that complicated as long as you know
* What caffeine is…
* How it affects the body…
* and how you can not only manage it, but also make it work to your advantage!
So. What is caffeine?
All you need to know is that caffeine is a stimulant, and we all know what stimulants do right?
They artificially increase your body’s metabolism and the effects are pretty immediate – like those moments after morning cuppa when you are awake, alert and ready to take on the world.
But what is actually going on inside?
Here we need to consider three hormones:
And this is best explained with a story.
Think of running away from a sabre toothed tiger. The shock of the tiger causes your body to pump out adrenaline helping you to run fast.
Then the body releases the anti-stress hormone cortisol…. which converts fat into blood sugar, which gives you enough energy to keep running.
Next the spike in blood sugar triggers insulin which we all know converts blood sugar back into fat. And THIS is what you will know as “The Crash….”
Now. Replace the tiger with a cup of tea or coffee, as it causes the exact same shock to the system. The surge in energy is followed by the crash and so what do we do??? We head down to the nearest coffee shop and get another Americano. The more caffeine you have, the more your body thinks that old tiger is on the loose again!
Your body gets confused and doesn’t know whether to store fat of burn fat, whether to eat or sleep or any of those other normal functions.
And, get this, because Cortisol has receptors in the abdomen, you will probably notice more fat around the belly area… you know just that little paunch you cant get rid of?
So give up caffeine right? Well not necessarily – because little amounts can really help…
I’d recommend :
Keep it to one cup a day and while you’re at it try switching coffee with green tea. Although there is caffeine in green tea there are also lots of antioxidants.
NEVER put sugar in your coffee or tea. Because the last thing you need is more sugar being converted into fat. Likewise avoid the creamy concoctions at your local coffee shop, caramel frappaccinos, etc Instead Add a little bit of FULL FAT cream/ nut milk (which i will show you how to make in another vid) with your coffee. Because (good) fat slows down the rate at which caffeine hits your system
Caffeine is also a diuretic meaning the more you drink the more you wee so – if you are going to drink coffee make sure you stay hydrated. One of the first things I say to women who ask me about dark circles under their eyes is to drink less coffee and more water.
Stay as far away from energy drinks as you would the tiger, because they are a DISASTROUS concoction of caffeine and sugar that puts your body through hell.
Lastly, it’s pretty obvious but don’t have caffeine too late in the day. It’ll stop you getting a good night’s sleep and next day you’ll be so tired that the only thing that wakes you up will be…..yep… you’ve guessed it – more caffeine!!
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