Stay Energized All Day!

By: Nikki Nies

Having a hard time getting through the day without your afternoon jolt?  Waiting for the minute you can get home for a nap?

It’s been found that it’s not uncommon for many people to complain of tiredness.  There’s a new term that has been coined that can explain a lot.

When you first awaken, the parts of your brain associated with consciousness — the thalamus and brain stem — begin firing right away. But the prefrontal cortex, which handles problem solving and complex thought, is like a cold engine — it needs time to warm up.

Sleep inertia has been stated to last up to 2 hours, however being most severe the first 10 minutes of waking up.  Some compare the severity of sleep inertia to being intoxicated.

Suggestions to maintain optimal energy

Original Image by photogmateo via Flickr
Original Image by photogmateo via Flickr
  • Start day off with a  packet of instant oatmeal with 1/2 cup of skim milk.   Consumption increases alertness all morning and improves ability to process info
  • Grab a cup of joe, which can combat sleep inertia
  • A high carbohydrate meal increases one’s insulin levels and can cause one to crash, balance lunch out with protein and high fiber foods as well
  • Grab some rays–open the window, go outside, take a break and enjoy the sun, which translates to 15% less fatigue
  •  Have a small snack at least 1.5 hours before working out–ideal snack:  250 calories and consists of 25 to 35 grams (g) carbohydrates, 10 to 15 g protein, and up to 5 g fat
  • Turn up the music instead of the TV!

What tips best help you to stay energetic throughout the day?


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