1. Don’t hit snooze
If you’re tempted to hit the snooze button on the alarm, don’t. A couple extra minutes of light sleep won’t make you feel better, but studies say it may make you feel groggier.
2. Have a cold shower
Studies say that a cold shower can make you feel more alert, as it can increase your heartbeat, elevate your blood pressure and elevate your respiratory rate.
3. Get some sun
Expose yourself to some sunlight early in the morning to cue your body to suppress the production of melatonin – the hormone that makes you sleepy. This can help boost your mood and make you feel more alert.
4. Take the stairs
Physical activity can do wonders not only for your health and your wellbeing, but a study found that 10 minutes climbing the stairs can actually give you more energy, release endorphins and make you feel more alert than caffeine.
While many people will reach for coffee to wake them up – you need to be strategic about when you drink it. If you’re feeling nervous, caffeine can exacerbate the emotion – so steer clear if you’re already on edge. Drink coffee early in the day to help keep you on task, but not in the afternoon – as this can have a negative effect on your sleep that night.
6. Stay hydrated
Studies have found that poor sleep can also sometimes lead to poor hydration – which will make you feel worse. Start drinking water in the morning and keep it up all day.
7. Choose your food carefully
Foods that are high in healthy proteins and wholegrains will keep you up and at ‘em all day – so try eggs, avocado, chicken and wholegrain bread.
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