Sleep - Most people who are tired don't get enough sleep. Give yourself an extra hour of sleep each night or if possible take a 10-minute catnap. Sleep effects brain activity and a short nap can enhance your ability to think and stay alert.
Step into the Light - Bright light may stimulate the brain to make us alert.
Don't Overload at Lunch - Simple combinations of protein and high quality, high fiber carbohydrates can avoid the mid-afternoon slump.
Six Small Meals - Consider a strategy of small power meals instead of two or three large ones. Your body will operate more efficiently allowing you to be alert.
Choose Your Snacks Wisely - Avoid snacks high in sugar and refined flours. The short-term energy provided will only lead to a rapid drop in blood sugar and energy.
Snack on Mixture of Protein and Carbs - Energy boosting items include trail mix, cereal bars and combinations of yogurt, cereal, peanut butter and crackers or humus and pita bread.
Energizing Exercise- Effective strategy to combat lethargy and fatigue. Low to moderate exercise on regular basis helps the body feel more energetic. It increases blood flow to the muscles and brain. Exercise stimulates the nervous system and releases hormones that improve your mood.
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