9 Natural Ways of Staying Awake

We live in a world where people rely heavily on over-the-counter and prescription drugs and “enhancement” products like high caffeine energy drinks and supplements to fix their mood and energy problems. These often expensive man-made options rarely serve as permanent solutions. Instead, people who need to stay awake for short periods, such as college students studying the night before finals or professionals and laborers working night shifts, and those who simply feel tired all of the time often find themselves investing a lot of money into things that empty their wallets and typically harm their health in the long run. Some of these solutions can even increase the chance of depression, which can increase fatigue.

Of course, some fatigue issues can’t be corrected no matter what you do. You should always seek professional medical assistance if the following natural and affordable steps to staying awake fail to help you. Certain conditions can cause unnatural levels of fatigue including medication side effects, eating certain foods while taking certain medications, sleep disorders, under-active thyroid, hormone imbalance, intestinal malabsorption of critical nutrients, severe allergies and sensitivities, leaky gut syndrome, certain autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, a brain tumor or cancer and even a tooth infection.

That said, it never hurts to first try these nine, affordable healthier natural methods to stay awake before worrying about a potential severe health problem:

1. Get Up And Move Around

Sedentary behaviors, such as sitting on a recliner or computer desk chair or lying around on a couch or bed for hours, not only reduce the quality of your life overall but also trick your body into believing that it’s time to rest. If you use a computer a lot, for example, even sitting for more than 20 minutes at a time can cause eye strain that can make you feel sleepy. Sitting upright in one position that long can also cause overall physical fatigue. Any type of movement, such as taking a walk or going on a run outside or even doing a few chores indoors, lets the body know that it isn’t time to go to sleep. Movement makes you more energetic by getting your heart pumping, an action that floods your body with oxygen-rich blood along with endorphins and other hormones and chemical compounds that increase your feelings of happiness while decreasing the sensation of pain. If you have any type of muscular, nerve or joint disorder that causes pain-related fatigue, like fibromyalgia or arthritis, moving around can often alleviate those symptoms when used in conjunction with other therapies.