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As the days get shorter and the air gets colder, that whole hibernation thing really starts to seem appealing. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do each day to keep your body on schedule and beat the winter sleepies. So before you head for the cave, try incorporating these six stay awake essentials into your day:
Starting your day without breakfast is a surefire way to guarantee needing splints for your eyelids by noon. A bowl of oatmeal is a great option, as it keeps blood sugar levels steady and helps you avoid a major mid-morning crash. Plus, paired with a hot cup of Lipton® tea, it's soooo satisfying on those cold, blustery mornings.
Get out and move. A little exercise, even something as simple as a walk around the block, can have a lasting pick-me-up effect. Getting out first thing in the morning sets the tone for the day, and a brisk walk break mid-day at the office can work wonders.
The days are dwindling, but make sure you get a little quality time in with the sun each day while you can. It's not just psychological; our bodies' circadian rhythm depends on it.
Eat properly to keep your motor running. Sure, sugar might seem like a great option when you're dragging, but the rush will be short lived. Keep snacks around that are filled with complex carbs like whole wheat, fruits and veggies.
A ton of caffeine can be a disaster, but a little jolt may be just what you need. If you're craving something sweet, try a cup of Lipton® Superfruit Green Tea to get a natural caffeine boost without the sugar rush.
When all else fails, a short nap is never a bad idea. Give your brain and eyes a little rest and wake up refreshed and ready to get on with the day. Multi-task while you're catching a few winks and soothe tired eyes, especially if you're staring at a computer all day. Soak two Lipton® tea bags in warm water and place them over your closed eyes for 20 minutes to reduce puffiness.