How to feel more awake: 7 ways to wake yourself up

The obvious way to avoid feeling tired is to get more sleep, especially deep sleep, but what do you do when that isn’t possible? Sometimes we don’t sleep early enough or can’t manage to stay asleep and spend the next day struggling to keep our eyes open, but there are a few ways to wake ourselves up until we are able to cosy up in bed in the evening. Here are seven ways to wake yourself up.


Sometimes being dehydrated can make you feel tired.

According to the NHS, a glass of water will wake you up, especially after exercise.

Start the day with two glasses of water and a glass of freshly squeezed orange juice to rehydrate yourself and stimulate concentration.

Try to avoid relying on coffee to get you out of bed because, even though caffeine boosts serotonin and dopamine levels and gives you energy, it can disrupt your sleep.

Don’t drink coffee after 4pm if you need to be in bed by 10pm, and absolutely avoid alcohol.

Alcohol disturbs your sleep cycle, causes you to wake up in the night, and of course, gives you a terrible hangover! None of this will help you feel more awake.

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Peppermint has energising properties, which is why it’s so often used in diffusers and beauty products.

Peppermint oil is thought to enhance your memory, increase alertness and reduce nausea, so it’s the perfect oil to sniff or ingest when you’re tired.

Try chewing some peppermint chewing gum or drinking peppermint tea when you need energy or can’t focus.


Increasing the circulation in your head with a scalp massage can get your blood flowing and make you feel more alert.

You can either tug on your hair gently or go in with a full ayurvedic scalp massage.


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