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How to Stay Awake at Work

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Uploaded on Mar 2, 2010

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Sometimes monotonous work can bore you, and sometimes you just don't get enough sleep. Learn to stay alert if you don't want to get caught dozing at your desk.


Step 1: Use light
Expose yourself to bright light, preferably natural daylight, to remind your mind and body that you should be awake.

Step 2: Drink water
Drink water to stay hydrated. Dehydration causes fatigue.

Tip
Caffeine can keep you awake, but large doses often come with a crash.

Step 3: Move
Get up from your desk every 30 minutes to walk, jump, or otherwise move around.

Step 4: Keep cool
Keep cool by walking in cold weather, turning on the air conditioning, or splashing cold water on your face.

Step 5: Chew gum
Chew eucalyptus gum. A strong smell can wake you right up.

Step 6: Use acupressure
Massage your neck and the backs of your hands to improve circulation.

Step 7: Listen to music
Listen to up-tempo music. Nothing soothing or relaxing, but something that really gets you going.

Did You Know?
Humans sleep less than other primates, like chimps and baboons, who sleep around 10 hours per day.

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