There’s nothing worse than waking up groggy in the
And no – we don’t mean those Monday mornings where
you’re absolutely dreading going to work.
We’re talking about the days it feels as if your
alarm clock went off two seconds after you set it. Because whatever it is you
woke up from, it definitely wasn’t a full night’s rest.
How will you possibly get through the eight-hour
work day ahead of you?
Here are a few tips:
Don’t start the day with coffee
Contrary to popular belief, a strong cuppa first
thing in the morning won’t give you that much-needed energy boost.
The sluggish feeling you have waking up in the
morning will lift after a shower and breakfast, Manchester-based Dr Sandi Mann
told The Mirror.
“Save your morning coffee for between 10-11am to
get you going when you start to slump. It can take 20 to 30 minutes for caffeine
to kick in but it should give you an extra boost.”
Get outside – without sunglasses
Surround yourself with as much natural light as
possible and you’ll feel more alert, Sean Drummond, a psychiatrist at the Laboratory of Sleep and Behavioural Neuroscience at the
University of California explains.
“First thing in the morning is one of the most
important times. It boosts alertness, ups your body temperature and resets your
But don’t wear sunglasses.
“If you wear your sunglasses, the right frequency
of sunlight can’t get into your eyes,” Drummond says. This means you won’t get
as much of the cognitive boost as you could.
Stay away from sugar
Sugar will give you energy, yes, but it won’t last
and you’ll just end up crashing later, says Michael Breus, who writes WebMD’s sleep blog.
Instead, eat protein-rich foods like nuts and lean
meats and avoid large meals.
Chew some minty gum
In 2012 British researchers discovered chewing gum
combats daytime sleepiness. The report found that physiological and self-rated
measures of alertness were improved by chewing gum. Mint flavour is said to be
the most arousing, The Mirror writes.
Have some downtime
Take 10 or 20 minutes to unwind. This doesn’t
necessarily mean you should take a nap but close your eyes and allow your
thoughts to drift. This should revitalise your mind.
SOURCES: The Mirror, WebMD, The Cut