Top tips to stay alert naturally

When we’re tired, it can be tempting to turn to unhealthy methods of keeping ourselves awake. Whether that means reaching for an energy drink, coffee or a sugary snack, these unhealthy sources of caffeine and glucose take their toll on our health and mood eventually.

But fear not; there are plenty of other things you can do to keep yourself awake the natural way, and without compromising your health:

Guarana

Guarana seed has been used by indigenous Amazonian tribes for centuries to help to reduce mental fatigue, and to help increase concentration and alertness. Its energising benefits come from a number of actives found in the seed, including caffeine.

GoGo Guarana provides gentle stimulation over a period of several hours, without the peaks and troughs in energy associated with many sources of caffeine. The level of caffeine found in the recommended daily dose of GoGo Guaraná (two capsules) is less than that found in a single cup of coffee!

A brisk walk

When you’re feeling sluggish, the idea of going out for ‘a brisk walk’ is enough to send you running to the comfort of your bed. However, it’ll do wonders for your alertness and concentration levels.

Whether you’re about to start a shift at work or you’re sat at a computer trying to get an assignment done, getting the blood pumping means more oxygen will circulate to your brain; giving your energy a kickstart and clearing your head.

Refreshing shower

Showers are a great way to awaken the senses, especially if you use an energising shower gel with zesty aromas, such as lemon or tea tree. If you’re brave enough, keeping the temperature on cold for 30 seconds before switching to warm will boost circulation and snap you out of drowsiness!

Sleep

Yes, we know it sounds obvious, but a good night’s sleep is essential for keeping you feeling your best. 6-8 hours is minimum, but 10 hours is optimal. If that’s not possible, boosting the quality of your sleep is the next best thing.

Looking at screens within 1-2 hours before bed is a no-no, as blue light emitted from technology tricks your brain into thinking it’s daytime, and makes it harder to get to the land of nod. Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alcohol as they interfere with your sleep cycles, and if you can’t resist a snack before bed, try a banana or low-sugar granola with milk.

July 05, 2017 by Rose Holmes