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Energy Boosts at Work

Stay Alert All Day, Every Day

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Another approach, one that adults rarely consider but could greatly benefit from, is a nap.

A 2001 survey by the National Sleep Foundation found that 63% of Americans don’t get enough sleep. Naps will combat this. They cannot replace a good night’s sleep, but they can help you perform at your peak throughout the day. Plus you can save that daily $4 on Starbucks, because the energy you gain from a nap is better and longer lasting than caffeine. The ideal nap length is 20 minutes, easily squeezable into the workday.

No matter the method, try to find tricks that work for you. Remember, if you don’t want to feel drained at the end of the work day, you don’t have to.
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  • The several jobs I had in customer service and telephone case management did not offer the luxury of offices with doors. We worked in small cubicles and could see the other people over the dividers if we stood up. I can see standing up and walking somewhere, and using the steps (often the stairwells were empty totally) would work. Snoozing a definite no-no, you could get fired for that at almost every job I ever had. This article does offer a "think outside the box" approach and gets the mind working on what else might help. - 6/28/2015 3:04:20 PM
  • I am a stay at home mother with a highly unfocused child. Some of these ideas might work for us. My daughter is usually a contortionist during her studies. She does not sit still. I land up exhausted while she runs circles around me.

    Maybe I will try a few of these things to wear her down a little while giving me energy. Maybe i will challenge her on the stairs and stuff. I use it is worth a try. - 6/28/2015 9:04:24 AM
  • I am a stay at home mother with a highly unfocused child. Some of these ideas might work for us. My daughter is usually a contortionist during her studies. She does not sit still. I land up exhausted while she runs circles around me.

    Maybe I will try a few of these things to wear her down a little while giving me energy. Maybe i will challenge her on the stairs and stuff. I use it is worth a try. - 6/28/2015 9:03:53 AM
  • BARB54312
    I agree with most of these ideas. I don't think my boss would go for the nap though. lol - 6/17/2015 1:36:43 AM
  • Some of these ideas are good. But how does one squeeze a 20 minute nap in at work unless they work at home or in a closed off office where no one can see them? Same goes for the push up against the desk o.O - 9/16/2014 3:31:23 PM
  • Good to have a mental break too. I work 10 hour days at a desk, and I found that walking on all my breaks (two 15s and 20 minutes of my 30 minute lunch) helps TREMENDOUSLY as well. - 7/25/2014 9:27:50 AM
  • Multitasking Mover and Mindful Master. Kinda makes sense. - 4/22/2014 4:49:38 PM
  • Don't work. Great article. - 7/29/2013 7:08:23 AM
  • Good practical advice; however, the lead-in quip to article mentioned those who stand on [their] feet all day yet there was no mention of how to deal with that. - 4/23/2013 11:13:48 PM
  • I sat up straight while reading the article! I work from home usually, and slouching is a bad habit I need to break. - 4/23/2013 1:16:39 PM
  • Quick, easy, useful recommendations. Thank you! - 4/23/2013 1:03:34 PM
  • Everything sounded great except the walking meeting. However a brainstormning meeting with two or three people may be great. It's just hard to take notes when you're walking. Maybe I will try it with one person on my team, we'll call it action research. - 4/23/2011 2:46:02 PM
  • SUNNYBABY23
    This is the reminder I needed! I have been snacking (started with the bad stuff - junk - have moved onto healthier items - edamame, rice cakes - but still snacking in order to stay awake is not a good habit) and drinking tons of coke zeros... next week will bring a fresh start. - 4/21/2011 8:09:45 PM
  • AMANDA-RAE3
    I work retail. In the event that I have a lunch break, I've started walking around the mall, or during my fifteen, I do some moderate stretching in the breakroom. When we're slow of an evening I get on the sales floor, walk, greet customers (your boss will love that), and clean the cases (I work in the jewelry department). I don't hit the vending machines on my breaks and instead chug water and eat an orange or protein bar I carry in my purse. - 4/21/2011 6:45:07 PM
  • These sound great for those in an office, but not all of us do. I work in retail. I'm walking around all the time. I sit maybe 10 minutes in 6 hours. What about us? What is there for us to do to keep our minds focused? - 4/21/2011 2:58:55 PM

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