How to keep yourself awake

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Some days are just tiring and we may need a little wake up call to keep ourselves up and alert. Here are some methods to keep ourselves awake during the day.

Keep yourself slightly uncomfortable. If you have a lot to do in the day, don't sit yourself down comfortably for any amount of time! Keep on your feet or in a uncomfortable position and you won't be tempted to fall asleep.

Smell some peppermint. The sense of smell can sometimes wake us. Peppermint has been proven to keep you alert and also decrease stress.

Take a power nap. By letting yourself sleep for 20 minutes or so, you'll wake up energized and refreshed. Don't let yourself oversleep though!

Listen to fast, upbeat music. There is nothing like music to keep you active.

Never eat a full meal if you plan to be awake for long periods of time. Snack little by little, but avoid a huge meal, as it will leave you feeling sleepy.

Drinking a cup of tea or coffee will help you. Caffeine exists in both drinks and will help keep you alert.

Do physical activities such as exercise.

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