Kicking the caffeine

Many of the sluggish and sleep-deprived rely on their morning cup of Joe to heave them out of their AM lethargy each day. At first it works great, but then comes the dependence; the jitters, the withdrawal, headaches and cravings. Nevermind that recent studies have shown that regular coffee-drinkers build up a tolerance to caffeine such that it really doesn’t give them any extra boost. Luckily, there are other ways to improve morning wakefulness and get you going for the day. No more Styrofoam cups”try these tips for getting a natural morning jolt.


Open the windows! Draw the blinds! Switch on all the lights and lamps. Sorry Mother Nature”it’ll just be for a moment. Your body’s natural clock will respond to the brightness in the room, so flick those switches as soon as your alarm goes off. Telling your body it’s time to get up will be the first step to getting you going and out the door.

Get thinking

Start your day by challenging your mind. Keep your favourite Sudoku book or crossword puzzle beside your bed, ready for your when you wake up in the morning. By actively using your brain soon after you way up, you’ll ward off that leering morning stupor.  


Hydration is key for energy, and a glass of water can do wonders. A cool swig will give you a little jolt while rehydrating your body after (hopefully) a long night’s rest. Even better”you’ll be one step closer to getting those eight glasses!

Start with fruit

Fruit can be easily digested on an empty stomach in about 20 to 30 minutes. Eating fruit first thing in the morning can be a great way to get your blood sugar up and that much-needed morning energy boost. Try blueberries, which are antioxidant-rich and good for brain health, or apples, which are believed to improve memory.

Blasting your favourite beats is sure to get you out of bed and in a good mood for the day. Auditory stimulation of the brain will get your mind in gear and ready to go”and if you pick the right playlist, maybe get your body moving too!

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