Foods and Activities to help you stay awake

Posted: May 23, 2014 in Uncategorized
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For those of you who need to sleep at night and get up in the morning, this blog is not for you. This is for the night owls who stay up late whether they work an overnight job or staying up for an all night study session for school.Perhaps you need to stay awake for a special occasion, whatever the reason I got some foods and activities to help you through the night.

Sports-Bar Food

Research shows that high-fat indulgences such as french fries, potato chips and mozzarella sticks can not only throw off the scale, but they can also disrupt sleep cycles. 

 

Crudité

Raw broccoli, cauliflower and carrots will make you feel full quicklybut will still be moving uncomfortably through your digestive system long after you pull up the covers. 

Cured Meats

Bacon, pepperoni and sausage contain high levels of tyramine, an amino acid that boosts the secretion of the brain stimulant norepinephrine. 

Heart-Healthy Chocolate

You know chocolate has caffeine, but you may be surprised to hear that some of the darker bars can have as much as 80 milligrams—the amount in a can of Red Bull. As a general rule, the darker the chocolate, the stronger the stimulant. 

Take a Nap to Take the Edge Off Sleepiness

There are two things to remember about naps: Don’t take more than one and don’t take it too close to your bedtime. “Nap between five and 25 minutes,” says Barry Krakow, MD, author of Sound Sleep, Sound Mind: Seven Keys to Sleeping Through the Night. It’s best to nap about six or seven hours before you would normally go to bed.

Give Your Eyes a Break to Avoid Fatigue

Continuous fixation on a computer screen can cause eyestrain and worsen sleepiness and fatigue. Look away from the screen for a few minutes periodically to relax your eyes.

Start a Conversation to Wake Up Your Mind

If you’re fading fast, engaging in conversation can get your mind moving again. “Talk to a colleague about a business idea, politics, or religion,”

 Take a Breather to Feel Alert

Deep breathing raises blood oxygen levels in the body. This slows your heart rate, lowers blood pressure, and improves circulation, ultimately aiding mental performance and energy.

 If You’re Driving, Pull Over When Sleepy

If you’re on an extended trip, change drivers often. Stop at least every two hours to take a walk and get some fresh air.

 Drink Water to Prevent Tiredness

Dehydration can cause fatigue. Make sure you drink plenty of fluids and eat foods high in water such as fruits and vegetables.

Switch Tasks to Stimulate Your Mind

In 2004 Finnish researchers who studied people working 12-hour night shifts found that monotonous work is as harmful as sleep loss for alertness.

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