I’m no stranger to feeling tired and having trouble staying awake, I have had insomnia since I was a child. 2-4 hours of sleep became my “normal” hours quickly into my darker years of my childhood. I would often not sleep at all, and to this present day I still do not sleep at all some nights. So I’m going to share my 5 tips for staying awake.
While not sleeping much or at all, can be harmful, it can also bring the dreaded feeling of not being able to stay awake when you need to. Driving to work becomes a challenge and staying awake at work. If you’re going to school or college, or even just doing other daily errands, you can’t afford to be falling asleep.
Here are some of my suggestions on staying awake during the day. These are just some of my personal tips that I have used over the years in attempt to battle the lack of sleep.
Say No to Energy Drinks!
Now this might seem like the ideal choice, just grabbing an energy drink at the gas station and running with it. Take it from someone who has been drinking them for years though, these “will” damage your body over time. It’s not worth potentially risking your health more when you can find more natural ways to stay awake.
Teas vs Coffee
Coffee is another common go-to for a morning boost, however that can leave you with negative side effects over long term use as well. I started looking into drinking tea after I wanted to switch to a more natural method of my energy boost. It can be ice-brewed or hot tea. I have found the best results with green tea that has added ginseng and honey. Both additional properties have organically natural effects on giving us more energy to stay awake. Look for a tea that does not contain sugar! There are a lot of types of tea on the market, while you can drink the sugar-filled ones, I suggest keeping it sugar-free as it’s a whole lot healthier in the long run.
Winter Morning Showers
As you might already know, hot water or even being warm in a heated environment can contribute to making you feel even more tired. Your body is comfortable and ready for rest. I usually take my showers after work, but I started taking a quick cold shower in the morning before work. You don’t need to make this a designated shower devoted to cleaning, as it’s just meant to “wake” you up more. Taking a cold shower first thing will help jog your mind into an alert and awake state.
Focus on Other Factors Aside from Sleep
This is a psychological aspect of feeling dead tired, we naturally tend to focus on the fact that we’re tired. I find this just makes it that much worse! The more I think about how tired I am, the harder it is to remain awake. It’s difficult to focus when you’re on the verge of falling asleep to begin with, but don’t waste the little focus you do have on pondering the idea of falling asleep. Try to find other things to focus on that do not involve sleeping, falling asleep, or being tired. Think about energizing things. Start taking down a list of things you’d like to get done that day, or for the week.
Keep Moving About
This is only a temporary fix, usually for the time we are active. But if you work a desk job or something along the lines of sitting a lot, it can be impossible to keep yourself awake. If you’re able to, get up and walk around for a moment frequently. This will give your body a little wake up call before it falls back to being tired. Make a lap or two around the building, whatever works for your situation.
Ultimately, getting more sleep will probably help the most. But if sleep doesn’t come easily, or you are just unable to obtain it, then these tips will help you fight the tiredness. It’s all about finding what works for you, some people do better on the tea or showers than another person. Combine things till you figure out what works best for keeping you awake. I will continue to struggle with sleeplessness for the rest of my life no doubt, but having some form of tips that I can use to keep me more awake and alert, definitely makes it more bearable!