Here we will go over how to stay awake during the day when you are exhausted.

When you wake up feeling like you didn’t get any sleep, trying to get work done, take care of kids, or socialize is a battle that is hard to win. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to re-energize and keep pushing forward.

Let’s jump right in.

Take a Shower

When you are exhausted and can barely keep your eyes open, try taking a cool shower.

Taking a shower puts your brain into a “time to start the day” mindset, and the cool water can help you feel refreshed. We suggest cool or lukewarm water because warm temperatures are soothing and might provide the opposite effect.

If you don’t have time to shower, washing your face can also help wake you up.

Drink Something Caffeinated

Drinking caffeine is generally the go-to solution for someone that has no energy.

You can find caffeine in coffee, tea, soda, and energy drinks. 

Also, you may be surprised to hear that many foods have caffeine. Some examples are chocolate, protein bars, yogurt, and ice cream.

Take a Walk Outside

Fresh air and sun exposure are great tools for combating sleepiness.

Our body has an internal clock that uses sunlight to determine when it is time to sleep and be awake. This is why most individuals can wake up when the sun comes out without an alarm clock.

Since seeing the sun tells the brain that it’s time to be awake, going outside can make you energized and alert.

Smoke Some Cannabis

If you have access to cannabis, try smoking some sativa. Sativa strains specifically have stimulating and uplifting effects.

On the other hand, indica and hybrid strains can make you drowsy, so be sure to grab the right strain.

For information on which strains are best for daytime, visit for an educated list.

Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are known for having many benefits like pain relief and relaxation.

Grapefruit, lemon, orange, cinnamon, and mint oils can provide a long-lasting boost of energy.

You can use essential oils in the following ways:

  • In a diffuser
  • In essential oil jewelry
  • Directly on your skin
  • In a bath
  • In your cooking

Be sure to read the user instructions on your oils since some may need diluted with water or other oils.

Stay Active

To stay awake during the day, you will want to stay active. However, you don’t want to be too active.

Exercise and hard labor will only make you more tired, but if you sit down and relax for too long, you may fall asleep.

Spend your day doing small activities like straightening up the house and engaging in conversation that way you’re keeping your mind and body active enough to stay alert.

Get Hard Work Done Early

Unfortunately, we can’t avoid physical work altogether. If your schedule includes any hard work, get it out of the way early in the day.

You will have the bulk of your energy at the start of your day, so that’s when you should do your physical work. If you were to do harder tasks later in the day, you might not have the energy to complete them.

Eat a Healthy Meal

When you don’t get enough sleep, ensure you get enough of the right foods.

Food and water are other ways our body receives energy. If you stay hydrated and eat healthily throughout the day, you can re-energize enough to get through the day. 

Some of the best energizing foods are:

  • Cottage cheese
  • Salmon
  • Steel cut oats
  • Almonds
  • Greek yogurt
  • Melon
  • Dark chocolate
  • Avocado
  • Eggs

Many of these foods are probably already in your kitchen. If not, your local grocery store will likely have them in stock.

Listen to Music

Listening to upbeat music can give you energy and keep you alert. If you sing along or dance a bit, you can activate additional parts of your brain, making it easier to be alert.

Keep in mind that relaxing music may make you more tired. Additionally, this method only provides temporary relief from your exhaustion. You may feel sleepy again only minutes after turning off the music.

Take a Nap

Sometimes, nothing you do will give you enough energy to stay awake. When this is the case, consider taking a nap.

A half-hour or hour nap may give you enough fuel to power through the rest of your day. If you are exhausted at work, use your lunch break to sneak away for a nap. Or, If you are at home with kids, nap when they do.


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