Great Tips to Boost Your Energy
By Randi Morse
You can sense it coming, that midday slump. You know the one I'm talking about, the slump you get between 2 and 3 p.m. that makes you wish you were able to curl up and take a good siesta. Unfortunately, most of us don't have jobs that allow us to take a nap in the afternoon. Imagine how nice it would be if we could! While you may not be able to take a nap every afternoon, there are a few tricks to help boost your energy when you hit that wall of fatigue.
It's not a big secret, we all know that we should be sleeping more than we are. We're just so busy, it's easy to see why it's so difficult to carve out enough hours to sleep every night. If you truly find that you are dealing with serious fatigue during the day, you may want to start adjusting your bedtime. To make it easy on yourself, try pushing your bedtime back 10 minutes per day until you reach a point in which you are guaranteed at least 7 hours of sleep per night. It's also important to note that when you nap daily too often, your body gets used to having that nap. It comes to expect it which then becomes a routine. That's not to say that you can't enjoy a nice 20-minute nap on the weekends.
Bring on the Music
Music is extremely powerful. It can relax you, calm you, or pump you up. One way to get a bit more energy is to blast those tunes that make it hard for you to stay in your seat. Upbeat music is a great way to help activate your brain, which wakes you up. It's also a great way to stay alert if you must drive long distances and find yourself getting drowsy, although pulling to the side of the road and resting is never a bad move; the alternative isn't worth the risk.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
It turns out that drinking water is good for you for a variety of reasons, including helping you stay awake. Yes, dehydration can make you feel tired! Have you ever been outside on a really hot day and felt the energy just drain out of you? It's often because your hydration level is not where it needs to be. How much water should you drink? Well, the body is pretty good at telling you what it needs, we just tend to not listen to it. If you get thirsty, drink! A general rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces of water each day.
Getting enough sleep will help you perform better, feel more energized and even helps to fight off infections. Take advantage of it. Hit the hay and get some decent shut-eye.
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