How Do You Stay Awake To Go On Working?

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How Do You Stay Awake To Go On Working

We all have that experience…..it got harder and harder to have your eyes opened and you were so tired that you just wanted to lay your head on the desk and stop working….But nope, you still needed to go on working! So usually what do you do to stay awake to keep on working when you’re tired?

16 Answers

I have a different mindset. If you are working so hard you can’t stay awake, it’s time to go to bed. Getting the right amount of sleep is important in any creative field. Sleeping on our work is sometimes the best thing we can do for it. When we wake up, there is a fresh perspective waiting to solve our problems. My wife keeps me accountable in this area. If I’m working late at night, she forces me to get off and continue in the morning.

I’ll take a walk around, then get back to my seat and plug on my earphones with some louder music to keep me awake while working. Sometimes, eating candies helps too.

When I’m reading/revising my work and falling asleep, I start walking around while marking up my corrections. In other cases, I take a 5 minute time-out, during which I use an energizing meditation technique from the Silva method that is as good as taking a cup of coffee. For the record, I don’t drink coffee anymore, I don’t like depending on substances.

To stay awake and keep on working, I like to get some coffee or tea with lots of sugar.

If that doesn’t work then I go for my favorite sugary snack: Strawberries and Whip Cream!

But it really helps to stay when if I’m working on something that I love or that really inspires me!

My secret weapon to fighting sleepiness? Ice chips!

I chew on them while I work. The cold cubes keep me awake and hydrate me a little at the same time.

Also, I try not to eat 1 to 2 hours before sitting down to work because I get sleepy when I’m full. (I hope I’m not the only one.)

I use music as a trigger to help me get through big periods of work when I’m feeling exhausted, tired, or just plain want a nap, using heavy pop, dance or rock songs to help motivate me when I’m in a particular frame of mind to help me write. Plus with something with heavy beats, the closer I get to finishing what I’m working on, the better and more triumphant I feel – a little psychological trick that always works for me.

I do about 30 squats, 10 to 20 jumping squats and a plank just to get my heart rate up, and blood pumping faster. It works, you’ll be able to stay awake and keep working!

Is to peel myself away from my laptop and take my dog out for a brisk walk! Works a treat especially when temperatures have dropped!

Or I’ll put on Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ song – beats me every time!

I’ll also grab a cup of coffee, probably old news and been repeated over and over again by other people who have answered this question but it’s simple and its effective – why complicate things?!!

To stay awake to keep on working when I’m really tired I take a 12 minutes nap (no more than 12 minutes). It’s a variation of meditation/yoga because you’re not really sleeping but you’re in a transitory state where your mind feels like being asleep.

When I wake up I feel surprisingly refreshed, as I would after a long nap, but without the groggy hangover that usually follows.

For me it’s food. There’s the obvious things such as coffee and sweets, but these only help in the short term.

I find that high protein food such as eggs, fish or lean meat work the best. The best fluids are water and grapefruit juice.

When it gets to 2am and I just need to finish something, I’ll fry up a few eggs, put them between two slices of bread and have a glass of water. I’m good for at least another hour or two.

EFT is unmatched for giving your body a wake up call. Five minutes of tapping on acupressure points is easily as effective as a brisk walk in the park. Plus, you can do it at your desk.

When I work from home, staying awake when I’m tired is simple – I complete house cleaning or cooking chores in spurts. I might vacuum a room every 30 minutes, or put together a recipe and cook it while I’m working. When at the office, I keep bottled water in the next room instead of at my desk. Every time I need a drink, I have to get up and walk in order to quench my thirst.

I have a good habit of creating  very detailed to-do list before going to sleep. This way I know exactly what I need to do after I wake up. This keeps me incredibly motivated in the morning when I have bad time waking up and feel a bit lost.

One section in my to-do list that is most effective is “Immediate” to-do list: Things I need to do early. I don’t focus on the rest of the day that much (daily routine may change a lot) but the morning section is the most detailed and well-organized to make sure I do most of my work as early as possible.

I’ve had mild insomnia since I was a teenager.  It may seem counter-intuitive, but there are times when your body forces you into REM sleep.  Over the years I learned to optimize my schedule.  Through diet, exercise and creative outlets (e.g. bass, guitar, et cetera) I can structure my sleeping schedule as needed.

I’ve had mild insomnia since I was a teenager.  It may seem counter-intuitive, but there are times when your body forces you into REM sleep.  Over the years I learned to optimize my schedule.  Through diet, exercise and creative outlets (e.g. bass, guitar, et cetera) I can structure my sleeping schedule as needed.

I’ve had mild insomnia since I was a teenager.  It may seem counter-intuitive, but there are times when your body forces you into REM sleep.  Over the years I learned to optimize my schedule.  Through diet, exercise and creative outlets (e.g. bass, guitar, et cetera) I can structure my sleeping schedule as needed.

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