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Five Minute Fixes: Feel More Awake

While we strive for a full eight hours of sleep a night, sometimes it just doesn’t happen. Maybe you were up late working, studying or — in my case — ended up in a weird Youtube video hole you couldn’t dig yourself out of (hello melting-my-lipsticks-together videos).

Regardless, there are few things worse than waking up after not getting enough sleep. Here are some of our tips on how to feel better after a restless night.

1. Get wet (no, not like that) 

Take a shower, but a quick one! A few minutes should be enough to wake you up so you can get on with your day. Supposedly, cold showers decrease inflammation and increase blood flow, but that’s pretty medically unsubstantiated. I personally love a shower so scalding that it hurts a little.

2. Be a little cheeky

Pinching your cheeks, stretching or even doing a few jumping jacks while you wait for your coffee to brew will jolt you awake. If you’re really looking to go above and beyond, studies have shown that running for just five minutes every day can make a difference in your health and make you feel more awake. If you’re looking for something more doable, pinching your cheeks will get some blood flowing. Plus, it can make you look more awake too.

3. Feel prepped

If you’re anything like me, not getting enough sleep usually means that I’m rushing the next morning to get out the door. But, taking five minutes to pick out an outfit I feel really good in or throw on some mascara can make me feel a little more ready to take on the day. If nothing else, don’t forget to put on deodorant. You’ll be glad you did later.

4. LMAA (Laughing My Ass Awake)

Laughing can be a cure for a lot of things in life, especially feeling tired. Try listening to a funny podcast or maybe even a song (like this one) that gets you to laugh. If you don’t have a case of the giggles, try and pick one thing out that you’re excited to do today. Cheerfulness helps too.

5. Water but LOTS OF IT

I know you’ve heard from your mother, your doctor and probably strangers on the street that you need to drink plenty of water. But, you might not have heard that it can be especially good for you to drink water in the mornings. Since you’ve been asleep for at least a few hours, you usually wake up pretty dehydrated, making you even more exhausted. If you don’t feel like chugging some water right away, just fill up your water bottle and drink it on your way to work.

Don’t forget that tricking yourself into feeling more awake will never be quite as nice as sleeping a full eight hours. Look out for our upcoming article on how to get better sleep.


Best of luck and stay healthy, my friends!

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