Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything that we need to, but we still somehow manage. The downside to this is that most of the time we end up sacrificing our shuteye to make it happen. By the end of the week, we’re fighting to keep our eyes open for afternoon classes or meetings (and sometimes, truthfully, failing miserably) with tons of time left before we get to head home and into our cozy beds.
Thankfully, there are a few things you can do to help ensure that you stay conscious until the day is over.
Shower Before Heading Out
Most of the time, you know that you’re going to need to fight to make it through the day before it even begins. If you already know that you have a brutal day ahead, hop in the shower – The water will help you feel better and using a citrus based body wash/soap will help stimulate your senses. Bonus points if you’re able to finish it off with a cold shot to really kick-start the day (I can’t).
Invest In Some Eye Drops
One of the things I find most annoying about not getting enough sleep is the inevitable puffy, dry eyes. A few dollars investment in some eye drops can sooth the irritation and help you feel more refreshed instantly.
Staying hydrated throughout the day is important for a wide variety of reasons, staying awake is one of them. If you’re one of those people that doesn’t care for the taste, get an infuser (AFFILIATE) (you’ll also get bonus nutrients from whatever you put in it!). If you’re really struggling to keep your eyes open, either add crushed ice to your water bottle or – if you know that a rough day is coming in advance – fill your bottle 1/4 of the way and freeze it overnight to keep it ice cold for hours.
Tug On Your Earlobes
If you’re working on something important and don’t really have the time to get up, this quick acupressure trick can help stimulate your brain to get you through the final stretch.
Get Up And Move
Taking a quick five minutes to stretch out your muscles is easy to do if you’re in your own office, but it’s not necessarily something you want to do if you share a classroom or cubicle with a bunch of other people. If you can’t get up and move without causing a distraction, get up and take a trip to the restroom to get your blood circulating.
The repetitive motion of chewing a piece of gum will help keep your brain alert and get the blood flowing. If the gum is peppermint or citrus flavoured, you’ll be giving your senses an extra boost as well.
Regardless of whether you’re in class or a meeting, getting actively involved in the conversation that’s happening is a surefire way to stay awake because you need to pay attention. Asking questions is not only a good way to expand your understanding of any given topic or problem, it’s also a fantastic way to be noticed by your boss or teacher (you never know what doors could open).
Pay Attention To Your Posture
It seems like such a small thing, but a lot of people have terrible posture which causes unnecessary muscle stress. That stress can easily lead to fatigue, so try to remember to keep your shoulders rolled back; you might have to remind yourself every once in a while (I know I do).
Get Rid Of The Extra Layers
If you’re wearing a sweater in a classroom or office that’s already especially warm, you’re far more likely to be cozy enough to fall asleep. If your aim is to stay awake, it’s better to be a little on the chilly side (not cold enough that you’re shivering – that burns energy too).
Food is fuel. If you find that you’re having trouble making it through the last couple of hours of your day, grab an apple – The motion of eating it will stimulate you and the natural sugars will help boost your blood sugar.
Stay Off Social Media
This might be exactly what you do to stay awake now – and it totally does work – but if you’re browsing the web you’re probably not being productive. Instead of scrolling through your Facebook feed or falling down the massive rabbit hole that is reddit, use some of the other tips above to make it through your day..
Do you have any additional surefire tips to offer? Let us know them below so that we can all make it through our next long day.