It’s 2:30 pm and your eyelids are extremely heavy. You swore hours passed since the last time you looked at the clock at 2:15 pm. Yes, everyone has felt it, that afternoon slump when you can’t keep your eyes open at work. Our eyes get heavy, we begin to doze off, then startle awake, seemingly, just in the nick of time. Deprived sleep habits are often the cause of daytime sleepiness. Drowsiness can also cause due to stress, feelings of anxiety, and even just plain old dullness. Whatever is the reason, feeling sleepy during the day can affect your productivity, make you short-tempered to be around, and cause an absolute mess in both your professional and personal life.
Most of us don’t have the luxury to be able to take a nap at the office, so it’s important to find ways to stay awake when you’re sleepy at work. Coffee is often the choice, but if you don’t want to drink too many cups or if it’s late in the day, it’s vital to find different ways to perk up when you feel you’re starting to doze off on the work. Here are few tips to help you stay awake if you are feeling drowsy at work:
Get sufficient nighttime sleep
That may sound obvious, but many of us surrender to cut off an hour or two off our sleep time in the morning or at night to do other things. Most grownups need seven to nine hours a night, and youths generally require a full nine hours. Block out eight or nine hours of sleep every night.
Take a walk
Sitting in one place won’t help you stay up. Even if you still have a great many things to do, when you feel drowsy, improve your circulation by going for a small walk. Better blood circulation makes you feel more awake and even healthier. Moreover, it’s considered to be a good distraction, mainly if you’re sitting in front of a computer screen all day long. If you can’t leave the office, at least get up, get a glass of water, take some papers to your co-worker, walk up and down the staircases a few times, anything to get your blood and body moving.
Listen to music
Music has almost magical powers in our moods and levels of alertness. When you feel sleepy, try putting on some of your favorite upbeat songs. Avoid calming music or classical songs that put you out. But before you get too excited about making your own playlist, check first with your Human Resources department or safety coordinator if you’re allowed to listen to music while working.
Avoid foods that cause drowsiness
Some particular foods tend to make us sleepier than others. Avoiding them, particularly in the afternoon hours, can go a long way towards helping you stay wide awake. Afternoons may bring with them that soothing warmth but that heavy meal you ate at lunchtime is all to blame for your drowsiness. Foods to avoid:
- Alcoholic beverages
- White rice
- Processed or smoked meat
- Foods that contain high fructose corn syrup
Splash cold water on your face
This sounds very basic, but it works amazingly well. Whenever you start to feel sleepy, just splash some cold water on your face. The rapid temperature change will not only wake you up, but it will also increase blood circulation. This improves your overall mental focus and energy levels.
- Try 20 minutes of meditation before bedtime for a good night’s sleep
- Chewing sugar-free gum during the day helps some people stay awake
- Keep your workplace bright and neat
- Take short breaks to refresh the mind
When we are tired, it is usual to want to turn to energy drinks or coffee. But these things do more harm than good. Use these recommendations for a coffee-free way to perk up if you find yourself getting exhausted while on the work.
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