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10 Tips to Stay Awake at Work

Posted by John Adams on Nov 5, 2020 6:42:00 AM

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We’ve all experienced days where we can hardly keep our eyes open and stop ourselves from dozing off every two minutes on our work station; for some of us, that’s a daily struggle and we should be ashamed. Our questionable lifestyle and strange priorities are the first to blame. However, many of us simply have hectic routines; achieving a balance between professional and personal life is nearly impossible. We have to deal with a long list of chores once we get home from work, which leaves absolutely no time to relax. Thankfully, a few changes to one’s regular regime can make all the difference. The following tips shall help you stay awake and be more productive at work:

1.      Improve your Sleeping Cycle

If you have trouble sleeping at night or waste the dark hours with other shenanigans, get a grip. Avoid the consumption of stimulants after sunset and go to bed early. Visit a doctor or therapist if nothing you do is helping you combat insomnia. Anything less than seven hours of continuous sleep a day is unacceptable.

2.      Caffeine Fix

A good cup of coffee can sort out most of your problems. The caffeine will help you escape the lethargy and focus on the tasks before you. If you are not a coffee person, I cannot even imagine how you keep your eyes open; I guess tea works for some.

3.      Stretch/Exercise/Take a Walk

Another frequent reason for the wearisome mood, yawning, and sore muscles is a lack of bodily movement. Leave your seat once in a while to stretch and eliminate the numbness. Go outdoors for a few minutes to walk and inhale a breath of fresh air. You may jog or do a dozen jumping jacks to eliminate the languor.

4.      Brighten up your Space

A dimly lit space could be harming your diligence at the workplace. Change up the lighting or move nearer to a window where you can bask in the natural sunlight. A warm and bright room will help lift your spirits and revitalize your senses.

5.      Stay Hydrated

Dehydration can make a person feel exhausted and light-headed as well. Make sure to drink plenty of sparkling water throughout the day; cut back on sugary/fizzy drinks. The water will also encourage trips to the loo, so you won’t be glued to your seat all day.

6.      Chitchat

The minute the stress of work starts to get on your nerves, take a break and make small talk. A brief heart-to-heart with a friend or colleague will help alleviate the pressure and heal personal injuries. The thing that had you anxious earlier will not appear much of a big deal when you resume.

7.      Snack Healthy

Stop binging on junk food and opt for healthier snacks at work. Greasy food can potentially turn you into a sloth. Fresh fruits, a green salad, mixed nuts, and whole wheat crackers are a few options that will eradicate hunger, steady your sugar level, enhance metabolism, and keep you animated.

8.      Energize yourself with Music

Retrieve your handsfree and plug it some lively music. Upbeat tunes and lyrics can stir brains out of slumber and help concentrate on work. Do not put on something too slow and relaxing, or staying awake shall become even harder.

9.      Aroma Therapy

At times, negative energy and tension hinders us from delivering to our full potential. Stimulating scents like those of essential oils can cleanse the aura and restore our composure. The fragrance of peppermint, eucalyptus, and camphor are known to be quite effective.

10. Splash!

Sometimes all you need to wake up is a splash of cold water on your face; it helps in the morning, so why not any other time of the day? Just like water can revive a wilted flower, it will wash off the stupor upon you.

Sleep is a vital factor in overall health. Adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but 30% report averaging less than six hours, according to the National Health Interview Survey.

Americans receive little education on the importance of sleep, sleep disorders and the consequences of fatigue, but industry leaders recently have been drawing attention to this issue. Employers, too, are in an ideal position to educate employees on how to avoid fatigue-related safety incidents. NSC supports science-based fatigue risk management systems in the workplace.

Alaska Sleep Clinic is here to help your employees be healthy and safe at work, whether it involves on the road work or not.  Call us today to learn more.

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Author Bio

John Adams is a lifestyle blogger who concentrates on health, fitness, and self-development. He encourages readers to fight their fears and overcome obstacles holding them back. He believes that every person can improve the quality of his/her life by incorporating positivity and determination. He loves to share his insight on life experiences, and contributes on various online platforms in the same niche. 

Topics: work, fatigue

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