It happens that I get tired in the late afternoons, so tired in fact that I'm hard pressed not to go to bed directly to sleep the sleep of the brave. This happens often after a restless night, or when I wake up too early.
The following list contains tips that help me stay awake in those situations. Remember that I work at home and that some may not be suitable for your situation.
Lets start with the things to do when you are tired and need to overcome that tiredness.
Take a nap
This sounds counter-productive at first, especially if you do not wake up after 20 minutes of power napping. I often lay down on the couch, close my eyes and try to relax. I'm pretty good at waking up at the time that I want to wake up, no need for setting the alarm. If you are a heavy sleeper you may need an alarm, or someone else waking you.
Sometimes I put on my headphones and listen to music, with eyes closed. The music gives me an understanding of the time that has passed since starting the nap.
Drink Coffee, Black Tea, Caffeine, Water
I do not drink coffee or other caffeine containing drinks after five in the afternoon though as I do not sleep well if I overdo it. If you do not care, you could get the much needed boost with a cup of hot coffee.
You may also feel tired because you are dehydrated. Try to drink enough water throughout the day to avoid this from happening.
I do not know why, but chewing gum helps me stay awake. Maybe it is because it stimulates face muscles, maybe it is because of something else. If you do not have caffeine around, you may want to try chewing gum instead.
Walk, preferably outside
A short walk, preferably outside, helps me stay awake as well. Sometimes I walk to the nearest market to buy chewing gum (haha). Walking in combination with fresh air and sunlight seems to push away the feeling of tiredness.
If you cannot leave, try tapping your feet or moving your body on the chair. Take a short break to go to the toilet. While there, get some cold water on your hands and face. You can also open a window and stick your head outside for a while to get some fresh air.
Eat something light
Light eating may also revive your body up to a point where you can get through the day without dozing off. Do not eat something with too much sugar though. Nuts, Vegetables like carrots, a wholemeal sandwich with cheese are all things that you can eat.
Talk to someone
If you have someone nearby, start talking to them for a couple minutes. If possible, get up and walk with them while doing the talking.
Turn up the lights, if light is dim
Working in half-darkness or full darkness is not only not good for the eyes, but it can make you sleepy as well. Make sure you work under excellent lighting conditions.
Open a window, change room temperature
You may want to open a window to get fresh air into the room. This can help if the room temperature appears to be to warm, especially if you do not have access to the heating system to adjust the temperature.
I know that this is not the usual article you find here at Ghacks, but please bear with me on this one. To make it better, let me know how you overcome tiredness!
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