Wakey wakey! Don’t sleep on the job
Most of us need to spend a minimum of eight hours at work, so getting drowsy and nodding off is just plain bad for productivity.
Other than finding a job which leaves you too motivated to sleep, or squeezing in a power nap during your lunch hour, here’s what else can help.
- Bedtime discipline
Want to stay fresh during your waking hours? The no-brainer solution is to go to bed early and sleep – instead of playing games on your phone or tablet. Try to get to bed at the same time every night and avoid breaking this routine on the weekend.
- Stretch and move
Besides keeping weight in check, even a 15-minute workout each morning will elevate your energy level plus create that feel-good feeling. The endorphins released by the body will leave you perky and mentally alert. If you feel yourself getting dopey by midday, spend 5-10 minutes doing simple stretching exercises – check medhatter’s video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO7GV-9fDrE
- Always have breakfast
Too many of us skip breakfast and either feel faint, or gorge on something unhealthy mid-morning. Not giving your body the necessary energy to make it through the day is a big mistake. Science has shown that skipping breakfast can disrupt your metabolism and cause life threatening problems. A study by Harvard has reported that those who skipped breakfast were at higher risk of obesity and heart problems. HSPH researchers found that men who regularly skipped breakfast had a 27% higher risk of heart attack or death from coronary heart disease than those who did eat a morning meal. Non-breakfast-eaters were generally hungrier later in the day and ate more food at night, perhaps leading to metabolic changes and heart disease. This study was published July 22, 2013 in the American Heart Association (AHA) journal Circulation.