Lifehacker Lessons, #3
"How to Manipulate Your Body to Wake the Hell Up"
There are ways to wake yourself up naturally and cheaply, even when the caffeine doesn't seem to be kicking in during your long workday afternoons.
Tip #1: Put less sugar & milk in your coffee. The bitterness can help jolt you awake.
Tip #2: Grab a few minutes of direct sunlight, outdoors. Light through windows isn't the same.
Tip #3: Gently tug at your hair to get the blood flowing to your head.
Tip #4: Splash cold water on your face. For best results, head outside to feel the breeze.
Tip #5: Place your alarm clock far away from your bed so you have to stand up to turn it off.
Tip #6: Take a laughter break with a YouTube video, funny blog, etc.
Tip #7: Eat a mint; the stronger the better!
Tip #8: Massage your hands, especially between your palms and wrists.
Tip #9: Talk to a stranger. Your body will tend to wake up to avoid awkwardness.
Tip #10: Play upbeat music that you love.
Tip #11: Stretch your limbs and back like you're about to exercise to get your blood flowing.
Tip #12: Shed some clothing layers (if appropriate!). It's easier to feel sleepy when we're warm.
Tip #13: Stand up, feet shoulder-width apart, and flip your head upside-down to help with circulation (but come back up slowly!).
Tip #14: Suck on a lemon to shock your system!