As the calendar marches forward toward the winter solstice, our hours of daylight are increasingly shrinking. For millions of people across the United States, that means shrinking energy reserves as well.
If you too find it more difficult to get up in the morning and stay alert throughout each day, we’re here to help. Oübly.com has come up with five techniques to keep your energy sky high when you otherwise might want to take a nice long nap on the floor.
Oh, and for all of you out there who suffer from summertime sleepiness as well, these tips can work year-round.
1. Stay on Schedule
Your body’s internal clock craves consistency. So if you go to bed at 10 p.m. one evening and 2 a.m. the next night, your energy reserves will suffer for it. The same can be said of getting up at 6 a.m. during the week for work and letting yourself sleep in until noon on the weekends.
Instead, figure out a schedule that you can stick to each and every night and morning. The sooner you get on track with a consistent sleeping schedule, the quicker you will reap the energy benefits for it.
2. Restrict Sweet Treats
You walk into your office’s kitchen and spy a box of donuts calling your name. Just one won’t hurt, will it?
Well, for about ten minutes, you might experience a wonderful sugar high that helps you get through that overflowing inbox of emails. Shortly afterward, though, you’ll be feeling more exhausted than you did before you inhaled that Boston cream goodness.
If you want to stay alert through an afternoon of work, reach for an apple or banana instead. A piece of fresh fruit can provide you with the sweet snack your taste buds want and long-lasting energy that body demands.
3. Open Your Blinds
Do you work in a darkened office for eight hours a day? No wonder you get tired in the fall.
A space devoid of natural light can disrupt your brain’s ability to distinguish between day and night. As a result, you can get sleepy.
For an instant energy boost, open your curtains or blinds. Taking in the natural scenery, even on an overcast day, can help to bolster your stamina. If you don’t have access to windows in your immediate workspace, take a few minutes to go outside and get some fresh air.
4. Move Your Body
What isn’t there to love about exercise? It wards off disease. It makes your jeans fit better. Physical activity also happens to increase energy levels.
All those minutes of pumping iron, making laps, or hitting the track might initially tucker you out, but studies have found that working out can substantially elevate your long-term energy reserves.
If inclement weather prevents you from taking a bike ride or run around the neighborhood, pop in a DVD and do an exercise video. It’ll provide you with the same benefits.
5. Get Out of the House
Friends can enhance your life in many ways. They can sympathize as you vent about your awful boss. They can cheer you on as you lose those final 10 pounds. Friends can also give you a much needed energy boost when the fall season makes you want to fall asleep more often.
So when you can’t find the energy to drab yourself off the couch, call a friend and make a date to meet up. You’ll be obligated to move, and once you arrive at your final destination, you’ll be all the more alert in the presence of your best buddies or favorite ladies.
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