8 Tricks For Instant Energy

Tired woman being awakened by her alarm clockWhen you’re most vulnerable to fatigue and stress, you need a foolproof plan to help you fight it. These eight strategies ensure you will wake up refreshed and recharged, remain alert throughout the day, and wind down just in time for a good night’s sleep.

1. Wake Up Time

Don’t: Sleep in
Do: Get up at the same time and bath yourself in light

This enables your circadian rhythms, which are governed by your body’s “master clock” in the hypothalamus gland, to stay in synch with the 24-hour day. In the absence of light, your body’s sleep-wake cycle wants to delay by an average of 12 minutes every day and work on a 24.2-hour rhythm.

“That means your body wants to keep pushing your bedtime to later,” says Mariana Figueiro, PhD, program director of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Lighting Research Center. “But if you let that happen and still have to get up at the same time every day, you’re going to be tired.”