Best Tips for Fighting Off Sleep When You NEED to Stay Awake



Whether it’s changing your newborn’s diapers in the middle of the night or staying overtime at office, there will inevitably be times when circumstances demand your utmost attention and you are obligated to stay awake, even if that warm cozy bed is all that you can think about.

Being tired whilst handling the hectic schedule and stress that accompanies both work and student life can be downright exhausting; it can hamper both your performance and productivity, not to mention your drive and determination.

Wouldn’t it be great if someone cared enough to compile some tips just for YOU to help you get through your hectic and sleep deprived day?

Happy, upbeat music is a great way to keep you alert and fresh throughout the day

Put on those Tunes

Music can do wonders to the mind; it can heal a broken soul or help a marathon runner cross that last square meter of tarmac. But guess what? It can also help you stay alert and fresh, especially if it’s an upbeat song that is fast enough but not too exhausting to listen to.

Typical workout upbeat songs follow a tempo of 120 beats per minute and that is considered to be an ideal tempo for various circumstances.

Shine Bright

The mind associates darkness with “sleepy time” and stays more alert in a bright and well-lit area, so why not move from your dark corner and sit near a window or light?

Better yet, why not step outside into the sunshine for some fresh air and perspective? Even if it’s dark outside, you can still trick your mind into thinking it’s the afternoon by positioning yourself under a lamp.

Dehydration is the Enemy

Dehydration reduces the flow of nutrients to the brain and can lead to drowsiness and eventually sleep. This can be combatted by ensuring that you stay hydrated and fresh. Drink enough fluids to keep you alert but not too much or you’ll end up having to take your work with you to the lavatory!

If you’ve been sitting in the same position for a few hours and starting to feel sleepy, try stretching or going for a brisk walk outdoors to clear your mind and regain energy

Limber Up

Staying in the same position for a prolonged period of time can cause fatigue and aches so this would be the best time to limber up and give those muscles a nice long stretch.

Stretching will help to relax your muscles and if compounded with some light exercise, increase the oxygen levels and hormones in the bloodstream which shall enable you to stay energetic for longer.

Engage the Brain

Boredom can lead to a feeling of drowsiness and fatigue which is one of the reasons why it’s not uncommon to find people passed out in libraries and waiting rooms. This would be the perfect moment to grab an interesting looking magazine from the doctor’s waiting room table or engage in a conversation with other people in the room.

Manage Your Energy

When you are tired and fatigued, it can be challenging to undertake complex and difficult tasks since the brain is unable to be objectively analytical which is why it is best to complete simple and easy tasks when exhausted.

Managing your energy efficiently will enable you to allocate sufficient energy towards complex tasks when you are fresh and rested, and once you are exhausted, you can focus on some of the simpler tasks like answering emails, organizing files and documents or arranging your desk space so that not only are you getting a sense of accomplishment whilst exhausted, you are also being more productive during your lazy hours.

Taking a power nap for no more than 30 minutes during the afternoon is a great way to fight off exhaustion and stay alert throughout the day

Go ahead and Take A Nap

If the above mentioned ahem, remedies don’t work and you still find yourself drowning into the depths of peaceful oblivion and being carried away by the waves of lethargy, then I suppose you have no other alternative than to take a quick nap to take the edge off.

Make sure the nap is not too close to your bed time or you will find yourself awake long into the hours of the night. It is recommended to take a nap between 5 to 25 minutes six to seven hours before your sleeping time. If you’re at work, it can be inappropriate to fall asleep at the desk so even closing your eyes for 10 minutes can be really helpful to combat exhaustion.