9 Ways to Find More Energy
Skip the Red Bull. Step away from the 5-Hour Energy. We'll show you the smartest ways to power up when your reserves are running low
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You might be paying penance for too much pinot noir—or you might just be suffering from something called sleep inertia. This grogginess and disorientation you experience upon waking—which is especially severe if your alarm has interrupted deep sleep—can be as crippling as intoxication, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association. That's because your barely awake brain needs time to reboot and bring its signals back up to speed after sleep. "It will probably take you 30 to 45 minutes to shake off the grogginess," says Caldwell.
Fight it: Drink cold water
Chugging ice water and splashing it on your face can speed the transition from comatose to conscious. "Cold triggers the stimulating hormone adrenaline," says internist Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., the author of From Fatigued to Fantastic! This helps your heart pump stronger, boosting bloodflow to your brain. Another benefit: Drinking water revives shriveled cells after hours of sleep-induced dehydration, which is known to cause tiredness. (For more ways to beat fatigue, see how you can Have Energy Every Hour of the Day.)