How To: 16 Tips for Staying Awake When You're Tired

16 Tips for Staying Awake When You're Tired

16 Tips for Staying Awake When You're Tired

While there's an art to surviving the all-nighter, there's also an art to staying awake throughout the day when you are operating on little to no sleep.

Here are a few general tips: Drinking a lot of water is a must. Doing jumping jacks every thirty minutes in the office hallway might make you look weird, but it will really keep you from falling asleep. And if you're going on a business lunch, skip the big plate of spaghetti carbonara in favor of a light salad.

If you have already incorporated those tips before, try some yogic breathing techniques, sniffing on peppermint essential oil, or some basic acupressure to help clear the sleep fog in your brain.

What are your tips for staying awake during the day when you are tired? Share with us by commenting below!

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24 Comments

thanks yumi! perfect timing to save my week - lol

Im at the work place at night so these tips come really handy, much appreciated...

i also learnt that squeezing your thigh muscles works, as they're really big muscles and they get the oxygen pumping around your body and blood :)

Fascinating. Where did you hear that?

I always eating heavy meal if i got tired, so i sleep succesfully :D

Don't eat an extremely big meal cause if it's to big yes it will make you tired but it will also make you gain weight

TNX A LOT!!!!
Really helping. Working on an essay for tomorrow. I am so tired, dang it... Really cool drawings!!
VERY USEFUL, IM VERY THANKFUL!!!!!

What if your tired and you have school tomorrow?

Getting stabbed in the knee works, but is highly dangerous. It would be safer to use these tricks instead.

This is just what I need right now.

Thank you! I just had to pull an all nighter to finish a load of school work and these tips were really helpful.

I'm wishing a wonderful house with a lovely garden

Fresh air and sunlight always helps to physically and mentally function better when you are tired. For this reason, get outside in the open air, take some big breaths and make sure that you expose yourself in the sunlight. Sunlight gives you Vitamin D which increases your energy levels. If there is no sun, then try to get sun bright light indoors. Breathing must be done properly to increase your energy and decrease your stress. Give some time to your breathing as if you are doing Yoga. Try inhaling while you count from 1 to 5 and again try to exhale while you count from 1 to 5.

Moving around a lot helps too. Don't sit down and do something to get you to comfy. Move around and you will stay more awake

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