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These days, many of us have simply accepted sleepiness as a normal state of life.We struggle to roll out of bed, feel sluggish without our daily dose of coffee, and hit a wall by 2 p.m. — and then artificially attack it with sugar and caffeine. But the problem is that we’re actually living with deep fatigue. And that not only lowers everyday quality of life, it also harms long-term health.
The good news is that the best strategies for acquiring all-day energy don’t require any artificial stimulants. Here are my favorite natural tips for feeling productive and energized all day long.
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1) Set your alarm for the same time every day.
Yes, that includes weekends. While you should ideally make a habit of hitting the sack at the same time every night, of course you’ll occasionally go to bed later, like on Saturday night. But the secret to staying energized is to still wake up at the usual time the next day. That’s because waking up at the same time enables your circadian rhythms to stay in synch with the 24-hour day.
If you’re feeling sleepy, take a 10 to 30 minute power nap in the afternoon instead — it’s better than sleeping in.And be sure to optimize the wake-up process with bright light: Roll up the shades, fling open the curtains or switch on a lamp if it’s still dark out. And whenever possible, enjoy your breakfast by a sunny window.
2) Jumpstart your morning with lemon water.
All the functions in your cells, including energy production, require water. But these days, most people are walking around chronically dehydrated.Start the day off right by downing at least one quart of water with freshly squeezed lemon juice upon waking. This will help to alkalize your body, and also aid in digestion.
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