Do you often have trouble staying awake? You need to complete a project before the deadline, or you’re in an important meeting. But there is one problem, you have trouble staying awake. You sleep for a second or two, hoping no one saw you.
Are there any ways to trick yourself into staying awake?
What’s the connotation of sleep? A warm bed, especially on cold nights. If sleep has a warm connotation, then to stay awake you want to stay as cool as possible. Either remove a layer of clothing or turn on the AC.
When I don’t want to get out of bed in the morning, a cold shower does the trick to get rid of my tiredness. The cold water shocks my body which increases heart rate, oxygen intake and alertness. This is my favourite method of staying awake.
Caffeine, caffeine, caffeine, what would we do without you?
Many people can’t see life without caffeine. Caffeine helps you stay awake, and you can get it in many forms such as drinks, gum, and even powder form.
But caffeine does have its downsides, too much can be harmful. It’s also best to avoid caffeine 6 hours before sleep, so it doesn’t disrupt your sleep.
Recharge yourself with sleep.
Feeling tired is your body telling you that you need rest. If you’re not getting the recommended 7-9 hours of sleep at night, you need to sleep more. Or try a 20-minute power nap during the day.
Under-sleeping over a long period can have harmful effects on your body. Such as high blood pressure and a weakened immune system.
I only use this technique in extreme cases. When you are sleepy, your heartbeats tend to slow down. To overcome this, I hold my breath as long as possible (without anyone noticing). As soon as I start breathing, my heartbeat shoots up. Providing my mind with a fresh supply of blood, making the sleepiness disappear. Holding your breath decreases the oxygen supply to your brain. Hence, why I only use this technique in extreme cases.