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7 Healthy Energy Boosters

Posted by Eskaton on May 23, 2016 4:40:29 PM
Eskaton Family Fitness
 
Nearly everyone has days when they feel sleepy. But for some people, excessive sleepiness actually gets in the way of daily tasks and even leisure activities.  As we age, our bodies change and these changes impact the length and quality of our sleep.  It is well known that getting a good nights sleep is the number one way to prevent daytime sleepiness, but there are times when we did not get a good nights sleep and need to fight that 3:00pm wall.  Check out these seven ways to boost your energy.
 
1. Go Outside

Spending time outside can help you kick sleepiness to the curb.  Studies have shown that exposure to nature has been linked with increased energy and a heightened sense of well-being.

2. Get some sun

Light and dark help set your internal clock, so it makes sense that getting out in the sun can promote wakefulness.  For a bigger bang for your buck, head outdoors for fresh air and sunshine, but if that’s not possible a window works to snap your senses.

3. Drink your water

Instead of heading to the coffee pot, drink your water.  Studies show that it doesn’t take much dehydration to cause a loss of focus and a sense of fatigue.

4. Just move

When you need a quick energy boost, going for a short walk or doing a few jumping jacks are an instant way to shock the fatigue in your system.

5. Take a Cat Nap

Sometimes to fight fatigue, you have to actually sleep.  To avoid waking up groggy, set your alarm for 30 minutes or less.  Try not to nap after 3PM so it doesn’t disturb your night of sleep.

6. Caffeine

Drinking caffeine is OK and even beneficial for healthy older adults when used in moderation.  If used too much, you could be perpetuating the cycle of exhaustion by over-caffeinating and preventing yourself from falling asleep at night.

TIPGet your caffeine from a couple squares of dark chocolate or green tea for additional antioxidants)

7. Take a “Caffeine Nap”

Never heard of a caffeine nap? Down a cup of coffee right before you take a 15-minute nap.  The nap is long enough for the caffeine to take effect, and short enough that you don’t wake up groggy.

 

Topics: Wellness Tips

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