How to stay awake, the healthy way!
There are times in everyone’s life where we need to stay up, maybe to complete an assignment or study for end of semester exams. Loading yourself up on synthetically made foods and drinks is not the best way to provide energy to your body. Here are some do’s and don’ts for staying up all night.
Don’t consume foods and drinks with a lot of sugar. It might give you the illusion of energy, but you need to prepare yourself for the crash. Have you ever looked at how many grams of sugar are in a can of Red Bull? Just don’t.
Do consume foods that are natural energy boosters! Snacks like nuts and dried fruits are sustained energy boosters. For meals, cook up whole-wheat grains or snacks made of natural materials. These things will give you the carbs you need to wake up.
Don’t worry about taking a break. Everyone wants to finish as soon as they can, but this sometimes leads to sloppy work. Working for a few extra minutes could mean the difference between an A and a B.
Do take a walk outside. Your work will be fine alone for a few minutes, it doesn’t need constant supervision. Getting some fresh air will give your brain a boost so you can look at your work with new eyes.
Don’t sit in the same place all night. Explore some new study spots, you’ll feel re-inspired.
Do get physical. If you don’t mind doing a mini-cardio workout in the middle of the studying, do 5 minutes of jumping jacks. It’ll get your heart pumping.
Don’t go to the library or your study spot empty handed. Think about all of the things you’ll need before you get there so you can begin working without further interruption.
Do bring snacks with you! Late at night is when your body is craving sugar. Now that you know which kinds of foods you should eat to keep you up, bring a small, energy-boosting snack for every two hours you plan on working.