Staying awake without caffeine or coffee may be a hard thing especially if you’ve been relying on it for months or even years. But there are a number of things you can do to actually address the fatigue you’re trying to fight off without relying on caffeine to get you by. Here’s how you can stay awake without it.
You should exercise
When you get your body moving, you get that blood flowing, and waking up your muscles with even a small stretch will help you feel more awake. A 15-minute exercise can go a long way in performing magic.
Consume more fruits
Instead of consuming caffeine and refined sugar, which give you a brief moment of energy followed by a crash later, a healthier approach is to eat some natural sources of sugar like fresh fruit.
Improve your sleeping habits
You might think this is a bit too on the nose, but if you’re feeling tired, chances are there’s something off about the way you’re sleeping and you will find that with this you can stay awake without caffeine.
Power nap when necessary
If you can power nap for 10 to 15 minutes at a time, you can jumpstart your body’s battery to get you through the rest of the day.
Make sure you avoid naps that are longer than 30 minutes and avoid sleeping after 3 p.m., which will throw off that sleep-wake schedule you’re working on.
Manage your stress
Even low-grade stress for days on end can leave you feeling exhausted. Try managing your stress levels by turning to yoga, regular exercise, massages or other self-care routines to break up the slog that’s holding you back.
Set your alarm
Some alarm clocks and smartphone settings wake you up gradually, and you can even look into getting LED lights that mimic a sunrise for a more peaceful approach to getting out of bed.