Natural Ways to Stay Awake Without Coffee

Natural Ways to Stay Awake Without Coffee


1. Move Around

Keep your body alert, move around and “get your blood pumping.” Step outside and go for a walk.  Loosen your joints. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get up and do some jumping jacks.

2. Eat a Healthy Snack

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Eating healthy is very important to a nutritious diet, and equally important when it comes to staying awake. However, you must remember to eat snacks not huge meals. Eat snacks that have protein in them. For example, mixed nuts and fruit.

3. Turn on the Lights

Turning on the lights or going outside and being directly in the sunlight is key to staying awake. Light stimulation helps you stay awake longer. The bright lights hit your receptors which delay your circadian rhythm.

4. Stay Hydrated

Drink cold water. According to, Dehydration leads to fatigue because it impacts the flow of oxygen to the brain and causes your heart to work harder to pump oxygen to all your bodily organs, making you more tired and less alert. By staying hydrated you stay energized.”

5. Exercise

Too much sitting is not good for our bodies. Put down that energy drink and fit in an afternoon workout. Get your boost from a little exercise. Even something as little as a 20 minute walk will help boost your energy.

6. Take a Shower

I know, it may sound crazy but to stay awake you must take a cold shower. It will speed up your heart rate and give you a large energy boost, leaving you feeling more awake and alert.

7. Take a Power Nap

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Taking a power nap is the perfect way to give yourself a good boost of energy. Make sure you don’t nap for longer than 20 min or you may wake up more tired. When you do wake up, make sure you have a glass of cold water.

8. Listen to Music

Start your music and turn up the volume! Play loud music and make sure it gives off a lot of energy.  Bass stimulates your mind. Some songs that may help keep you awake: Calvin Harris ft. Ellie Goulding “Outside” Tip: listen to something different than what you like. Listening to the music you like will keep you in that tired, relaxed state of mind.  Don’t forget to sing along.

9. Cold Water

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When trying to stay awake naturally cold water is sure to do the trick! Try wiping your face and neck with a cold washcloth, splashing cold water on your face and drinking an ice cold glass of water. Bonus: try and keep your eyes open when you splash the water.

10. Chew Gum

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Chewing gum helps when you are bored and when we are bored a lot of the times we get tired. Chewing gum increases blood flow to your head and stops you from yawning. According to a UK study one less-than-obvious, but very effective energy booster is gum. The study found subjects who had chewed gum for 15 minutes felt more alert than those who did not, likely due to an increase in heart rate. 

11. Avoid the Heat

The heat is known to make you sluggish. Making your surrounding atmosphere cool is one of the best ways to stay awake. Tip: Apply a cold wash cloth to your head and wrists.


12. Take a Break From the Screen

Give your eyes a break! Whether you are focused on the computer screen, television screen or cell phone screen, your eyes need a break. The more focused your eyes are the more tired you will feel yourself become. Taking your eyes off the screen for a few minutes will allow them to open up and re adjust.

13. Stretch

Take a break from whatever it is you are doing and get in a good stretch. Stretching your legs, arms and wrists. Breathe deep, inhale a larger supply of oxygen helping keep you awake. Rotate your wrists and ankles.

14. Change Your Environment

Going outside is a completely natural way to boost your energy and mood. Hot and stuffy atmospheres send you right to sleep. Open up a window, step outside and breathe in the fresh air.

15. Eat Breakfast

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Breakfast is arguably the most important meal of the day, and is the key to jumpstarting your day. Eat breakfast to kick start your metabolism and start your day with burst of energy.   No time? Pick up a smoothie.