How to Stay Awake Without Caffeine

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We’ve all hit that tough spot in the day when

your brain’s given everything it has to give

but you don’t want to slam back another coffee

because you actually want to sleep at night.

So here are some tips to get running back

up at full speed without the caffeine jitters.

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1. Watch a couple Cat videos

Here’s a tip you might already follow out of habit.

When you’re feeling tired, look no further

than viral cat videos. Why cat videos?

Because they’re nearly impossible to not

enjoy, and pleasure is the key here.

Research has shown that watching videos

featuring kittens and, yes, puppies too,

improves your mood and temporarily boosts your attention to detail.

Oxytocin and cortisol are both hormones

that influence our body’s physiological response to emotion.

Oxytocin can influence positive feelings

Of trust and connection, while cortisol

is a hormone linked to stress.

Like spending time with a pet in person,

watching cute cat videos increases oxytocin levels

in your brain, and decreases cortisol levels.

2. Chug a Glass of Water

Sometimes there is no better boost than a

big glass of regular old H2O.

Not drinking enough water during the day

can lead to dehydration and dehydration can lead

to fatigue, not to mention more serious symptoms

like confusion, heart palpitations, and fainting.

The adult human body is 50-65% water, and it’s

your prerogative to keep those numbers consistent.

We typically start getting thirsty when we’ve

lost 2-3% of our body’s water, but believe it

or not, it can affect you mentally and physically

when you’ve lost just one percent.

This is because water is a major component

of the plasma in our blood.

By the way, blood is pretty important

because it transports oxygen, proteins

and other nutrients your body needs.

Dehydration stresses your body, raising its

temperature and making your heart beat faster.

This is why you get fatigued when dehydrated.

So bottoms up!

3. Get Up and Dance to Your Favorite Song

If you’re a little groggy, put on your favorite tune,

get up, and dance like nobody’s looking.

And if they are looking, whatever.

You do you.

Dancing and other forms of exercise produces

feel-good endorphins in the body, which reduce

pain and help us feel happier and more energized.

Pair that with the stimulating effects of singing

along to your favorite jams and you can probably

convince your boss to throw a dance party.

Listening to your favorite songs activates

the pleasure circuit in your brain,

releasing even more feel-good neurochemicals

like dopamine, serotonin and oxytocin.

This chemical cocktail gives you a boost that can keep you nice and wide-eyed.

4. Bathe Yourself in Bright lights

If you’ve been stuck working at your desk all day and

the dance moves didn’t get you up and running again,

it might be time for a dose of bright light.

Some research has shown a direct connection

between bright lights in general and alertness.

Turning on bright lights activates neurons in

the hypothalamus that release a neurotransmitter

called hypocretin, or orexin.

This stuff helps us stay awake and alert during the day.

Getting out and taking a quick walk in the sun

might just be all you need to keep

the rest of the day running smoothly.

If these four tips don’t work for you, it’s

probably time to bite the bullet…sometimes

all there is to do is take a nap.

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