How to stay awake and not doze off at work

Jan 23, 2019

LET’S admit it, sometimes, it's really hard to stay awake in the office.

While athletes have fitness gyms and playing courts as their place of work, ordinary folks like us have the desk, cubicle, or a small room.

With the worsening traffic situation in the metro, commuters have to wake up and leave earlier just to be able to get to work on time.

Without enough rest, employees become less effective at work. And while coffee sometimes helps, it's not exactly the healthiest option. So if you're looking for alternative ways to perk up at work, the folks at Bustle Digital Group have a few suggestions.

1. Get Moving

Walk around the office, go to the restroom, put on your earphones and bust a move (just don’t get caught).

If your boss isn’t too strict about seeing your face all the time, go out for a 10-minute break away from your desk is a good way to refresh your mind.

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2. Make Some Face-To-Face Contact

Give your eyes a break, leave your computer and talk to other people.

The radiation coming from the computer screen can be harmful to your eyes. Instead, discuss a topic with your co-worker face to face so you can exchange ideas better.

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3. Utilize Peppermint Oil

While some essential oils help you sleep, there are some that keep you awake.

According to Reader's Digest, peppermint will more likely “pep” you up than put you to sleep.

Peppermint essential oils are available in drugstores and cosmetic stores.

4. Eat A Snack

Munch away!

Save one of your desk drawers for snacks, chocolates, and candies.

Sometimes, you’re not really sleepy or tired, you’re just hungry and a little sugar will do the trick.

5. Drink Some Water

If you’re not hungry, then maybe you’re dehydrated.

If there’s no water dispenser near your desk, a walk to the office pantry or a nearby convenience store can also help you to keep awake. And to be eco-friendly, use a reusable water bottle.

6. Sit Up Straight

According to a study by the American Psychological Association, people who sit up straight feel more energetic and excited than those who sit slumped at their desk—it's also a great way to keep your posture in check.

7. Give Yourself A Massage

According to health coach Sarah Jacobs, rubbing the back of your neck and up your scalp, the pad between your thumb and forefinger, and your earlobes gives a jolt of energy. Give it a try!

8. Splash Cold Water On Your Face

Just like the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, splash cold water on your face. If one splash isn't enough, feel free to repeat as needed.

9. Breathe Deeply

Breathe in, breathe out.

According to Mens Journal, Focusing on taking 10 deep, slow breaths per minute can increase both your energy and your cognitive abilities.

10. Chew Gum

Keep your jaw exercised.

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According to a study from the British Journal Of Psychology, participants who chewed gum for 15 minutes felt more alert than those who didn't. The stimulation of your facial muscles from chewing helps increase blood flow to the head.

11. Focus On Something Enjoyable

As 2018 Miss Universe Catriona Gray said, find the silver lining.

Notice the good things about your work and focus on that. Being able to find the positive in any situation gives you the energy to continue.

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