Tips to Avoid Daytime Sleepiness

Some people make the mistake of drinking coffee to stay wide awake during the day and avoid sleepiness, thus creating a dependency. You should definitely avoid doing this.
Tips to Avoid Daytime Sleepiness

Last update: 14 December, 2018

If you’re at work and can’t keep your eyes open for more than 5 minutes and you can’t stop yawning all the time, maybe you should change some of your daily habits. This article will provide some tips to avoid daytime sleepiness… and they don’t include chugging coffee!

Is it Possible to not Feel Sleepy During the Day?

Your eyelids close slowly without you even noticing it and your coordination and concentration start failing you. The best thing to do in these cases is taking a nap, but you don’t always have the chance to.

To avoid such situations, you should change some of your everyday habits or take on some new ones. Pay attention if you want to know how not to feel sleepy during the day.

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  1. Water, Water, and More Water

    water being served into a glass

When you feel you’re falling asleep in the middle of a meeting, the best thing you can do is drink a full glass of water. Maybe your body is entering “sleep” mode because it needed liquids.

Moreover, we recommend that if you come home after work and still have more activities to do or events to attend, you should take a cold shower (as cold as possible) to activate your circulation and wake you up.

Hot water will relax you more. If you can’t take a shower at the moment, then wash your face with cold water.

  1. Sleep Well at Night

    Avoid Daytime Sleepiness

Although it may seem obvious, this is essential to avoid daytime sleepiness. If you rest during the night, you’ll wake up relaxed and refreshed.

It’s said that adults should get about 8 hours of sleep. However, this really depends on each person. In addition, try to go to sleep and wake up always at the same time so your body adjusts.

Also, you should bear in mind that those weekend, vacation, or holiday sleep binges are completely useless. Tiredness is cumulative, but rest isn’t. In fact, these binges can be counterproductive and make you feel sleepier.

  1. Open the Windows

    woman opening her windows

The brain is responsible for enabling or disabling all organ functions, so therefore you feel tired because of it. A good way to avoid this is renovating the spaces you spend time in so there’s more natural light.

It’s simple: when the mind perceives light, it realizes that it must carry out its activities. On the contrary, when it’s not really bright, you think it’s time to relax, rest, and sleep.

If you don’t have a window near you at work, try to turn on a white light to trick the brain.

  1. Eat an Apple


One of the most common mistakes among those who don’t wish to feel sleepy during the day is chugging coffee. The problem with this is that you can become very dependent on coffee and need more and more coffee every day.

You can choose other foods to wake up, like an apple. Since this fruit has a lot of water, it prevents dehydration and biting and chewing causes the brain to wake up.

In addition, it’s an excellent choice to avoid eating pastries in the morning.

  1. Lose Weight


When you’re overweight, it’s normal to feel tired, because the extra kilos increase pressure on your heart and lungs. This doesn’t mean that thin people are more energetic, but that obese people get tired faster.

Do your body a favor and slim down a bit.

See also: 6 Delicious Detox Drinks that Help You Lose Weight

  1. Get into a Challenging Conversation

    two friends talking to each other

We’re not advocating violence or anything like that, but discussing something with someone can actually wake you up. At least talk “heatedly” with a colleague about an ordinary subject. You can talk about football, politics, economy, or whatever comes to mind.

The brain must stay active to respond to the other person and that “euphoria” won’t evaporate anytime soon. Don’t get into unnecessary fights at the office, just explore an opinion with someone you may not agree with so you don’t feel sleepy.

  1. Listen to Music

    wman listening to music with headphones

Certain melodies have the ability to automatically wake you up and make you move your feet under your desk. Music activates the brain in such a way that helps improve concentration, mood, and memory. It also helps you prevent sleepiness!

If you can’t blast the radio, you can always choose a YouTube video on your phone and enjoy it with headphones (and without anyone noticing).

  1. Get Moving

    Woman jogging

Sitting in the same position for hours makes you feel sleepy and lethargic. The great thing is that you can avoid this. It’s as simple as getting up from your desk from time to time and taking a little walk around the office. Instead of sending an email to your colleague on another floor, you can give them the message personally.

Also, you can consider heading out to a nearby park during lunch. You can also choose the stairs instead of the elevator if you have to run an errand. This will help you activate your circulation and wake you up.

You’ll no longer feel lethargic!

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