Coffee is typically consumed first thing in the morning by avid coffee drinkers, simply for its high amount of caffeine, and its ability to help the body and the brain to perk up and be ready to tackle the day. Now, although coffee is the gold standard for giving you that quick bit of needed energy when you wake up, it doesn’t actually do anything in the way of aiding your concentration.
In fact, coffee can often leave you feeling jittery and unable to focus, which kind of defeats the purpose of drinking it in the first place. It’s also a proven fact that drinking coffee later in the day can negatively impact your sleep, which then leads to the beginning of the vicious cycle that is grogginess and inability to focus. However, all is not lost, as there are a number of different ways in which you can get your day started, in a more natural, un-caffeinated fashion, while managing not to sacrifice your concentration along the way.
Not only will you start the day with minty fresh breath, but you’ll also help to revitalize the body as well. Just 15 minutes of gum chewing is proven to help you feel more alert, as it increases the heart rate naturally, and the overall blood flow to the brain. One simple tip is to stimulate your nerve fibers by choosing a mint flavor.
Normally, carbs are associated with the inevitable crash that comes after they perk you up; but if you choose whole grains, energy is naturally increased, as serotonin is not released in mass amounts. You’ll be eating healthy and avoiding that sleepy feeling that comes with things containing the typical kinds of flour.
There’s a reason that even night lights aren’t extremely bright: it’s because bright light awakens the brain. So, taking this notion into account, use it in your daily efforts to wake up naturally. However, not all light is created equal, as blue light is proven to give the best calming feeling, as well as waking the brain and keeping you alert. A blue bulb in your desk lamp can help you to be attentive right when you start your day.
Learn a Little
A study from the University of Michigan found that the most common and effective strategies for waking yourself up are to do things like checking email, switching tasks, or making a to-do list first thing in the morning. Although not overly appealing, it’s worth a try to get the brain up and running on those early days.
Belting out your favorite song as you drive may seem like something you save for when you’re on the way home, but it could actually help stimulate certain parts of the brain that wake you up effectively. Singing decreases tension nearly as much as a cardio workout, and is even more effective if done while standing. That being said, maybe it’s time to head to the break room for a little solo before you start your busy day.
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