Coffee is great, I know that because my whole family chugs down a cup of black coffee before they leave house and god knows how many cups they drink at work.
I, on the other hand, am who doesn't drink coffee and for that I have to find other ways to wake up or increase alertness without caffeine so I don't lose out.
If you're like me, unable to warm up to the bitter taste of coffee, or if you're simply looking for a way to cut back on your coffee consumption, read on because I've found 5 ways that will help you kick start your day without coffee.
Waking up with sunlight or LED light will send your body and mind into a "wake up" surge.
Once your alarm clock rings, quickly pull open your curtains to shock your system into being awake! How it works is that when there is light, the production of melatonin drops. Melatonin is a hormone secreted by the brain to regulate your internal body clock. When it's dark, the body produces more melatonin, which signals the body to prepare for sleep. When there's light, the decrease in melatonin signals the body to prepare for being awake.
Alternatively, try an alarm clock that has a lamp that will slowly illuminate your room so that you don't get that much of a shock.
Once you're up, grab a big glass of water and chug it. How can a glass of water do anything? You'll be surprised that mild dehydration decreases alertness and concentration, also increasing fatigue. So drink a tall glass of water the minute you wake up to replenish the water you lose from your 8-hour sleep.
P.S. Remember to stay hydrated throughout the day to stay alert.
Why shower in cold water when we have the luxury of hot showers?
Studies show that a cold shower can wake your body up and increase alertness. If a cold shower is too much for you, consider showering in warm water first and gradually turn down the temperature. This way, the cold water will not be too much of a shock.
Waking up is hard enough, so reward yourself with a healthy breakfast.
Keep your breakfast high in fiber and carbohydrates (yogurt smoothie, chia porridge or oatmeal), and alertness will last longer in the morning. Breakfast high in simple sugars
(donut or sugar cereal), will cause your sugar levels to crash and alertness will wear off quickly before it's afternoon.
Thinking about a breakfast high in fat (bacon, sausages)? Although it tastes better, it results in higher food consumption throughout the day so it's best to avoid it. Skipping breakfast will also result in eating more to compensate for the missing calories we need when we wake up.
Make yourself an a.m playlist with cheery and energizing tunes so that you have a reason to wake up to! Also, it can potentially release the feel good hormone, dopamine, throughout your body.
If you're serious about cutting back on your coffee consumption, you'd know how hard it is to get through afternoons in the office without a cuppa. Here is how you can get an energy boost without caffeine.