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How To Stay Awake Without Caffeine

by - Monday, March 13, 2017

How to wake us up when there's no caffeine around? Let's say you ran out of stock in your locker and in the pantry, or company ran out of coffee in the vending machine, or it takes forever before you can drop by the nearest convenience store. How can we really do it?

I work on a graveyard shift and it's always been a struggle waking up myself. I've been in the BPO industry for 6 years now and still not used to the schedule. So, I have to find alternatives. Here are the top 7 tips I have collated from other sites:

1. Stand Up To Wake Up
- Standing not only keeps you awake and upright, it also stimulates your metabolism to help you burn calories throughout the day. If not possible, get moving. Move away from your chair and stand, walk, run or climb the stairs. Feel the earth under your feet. Stretch and twist. Do jumping jacks, lunges, push-ups and back bends. And if you need to move more discreetly, wiggle your feet, bounce your knee up and down, scrunch your toes, or cross your legs.

2. Hydrate
- Consuming lots of liquids will inevitably keep you moving around because it’ll make you take walk breaks to go to the restroom. Keeping a full bladder will always keep you more uncomfortable and less likely to zone out or doze off.

3. Chew Ice, Gum, or Sour Candies
- Chewing a piece of gum can keep you awake due to the stimulation of your facial muscles causing an increase in blood flow to the head. In addition, because chewing is not an involuntary muscle movement like breathing or blinking, it slightly stimulates the brain, which helps you stay awake.

4. Listen To Upbeat Music
- Try hip hop, rock or jazz to keep you alert. Instrumental, non-distracting music works best. Sing, whistle, and hum along if you can. Plug in the earphones if you must.

5. Splash Cold Water On Your Face
- Being exposed to cold water pushes your body to adjust and regulate its internal temperature, which in turn keeps you alert.

6. Maximize Your Exposure To Light
- Your body’s internal rhythm is regulated by the amount of light you receive. The greater your exposure, the more alert you will feel.

7. Give Your Eyes A Break
- Roll your eyes up and down, side to side, and diagonally. Take regular breaks with deliberate blinking and looking out into the distance.

So there! Hope these straightforward tips will wake  you up on your next graveyard shift. Remember, that you will be chastised when they caught you sleeping during office hours. It's either you sleep and lose your job or stay awake and be productive. Go, night shifters! We can do this. 

Is this post helpful? Please let me know if you want more helpful tips. Cheerio!


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  1. Minsan, ang ginagawa ko to stay awake ay maglalakad lakad.. heheh hindi talaga maiwasan antokin eh,

    1. Kung pwede nga lang mag-tumbling sa floor ginawa ko na! hahaha :D True, kahit gano kna katagal sa pang-gabi, may mga araw prin na aantukin ka :D