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How to Stay Awake (Without Caffeine)

How to Stay Awake (Without Caffeine)

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You’re tired and you need an energy boost, but you don’t want the jitters from caffeine. What to do? In this week’s video, we give you some chemistry-backed tips — one of which involves cats — to boost your productivity and stay awake without refilling the coffee cup.

SOURCES:
Water in the Body – http://chemistry.about.com/od/waterchemistry/f/How-Much-Of-Your-Body-Is-Water.htm

Watching Cat Vids – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563215004343

Cute images/improved attention: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0046362

Light and the Neurotransmitter Orexin – https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-sense/201111/is-light-keeping-you-awake

Single Bout of Exercise – http://news.uga.edu/releases/article/uga-kinesiology-exercise-boosts-energy/

Water, Hydration and Health – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/

Music and moderate task difficulty – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18563971

Human-animal Interaction – http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eva_Hydbring_Sandberg/publication/231556757_Short-Term_Interaction_between_Dogs_and_Their_Owners_Effects_on_Oxytocin_Cortisol_Insulin_and_Heart_RateAn_Exploratory_Study/links/0912f506c3637db084000000.pdf

Hypocretin/Orexin System – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1279673/

On Dehydration – Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook 5th Edition

What Favorite Songs Do to Our Brains – http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/08/musical_nostalgia_the_psychology_and_neuroscience_for_song_preference_and.html

Pleasure response from music – http://www.pnas.org/content/98/20/11818.SHORT

Blood components – http://faculty.stcc.edu/AandP/AP/AP2pages/Units18to20/blood/whatsin.htm

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Music by
David Digg – Pink Fog
David Digg – Magnetic

Producer:
Kirk Zamieroski

Writers:
Alison Le
Kirk Zamieroski

Executive Producer:
Adam Dylewski

Scientific consultants:
Anne Andrews, Ph.D.
Darcy Gentleman, Ph.D.