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Staying Alert at Work

— by Sleep Outfitters on Dec 1, 2023

As winter arrives, the reduction in daylight hours affects our circadian rhythm. This can lead to increased production of the sleep-inducing hormone melatonin, due to shorter days. If you find yourself a bit drowsy at work this time of year, you’re not alone. But how can you combat it? Below are tips to help you stay alert on the job during the winter months.

A woman asleep at her desk

  • Take a quick walk before work. Exercise not only boosts blood circulation but also signals your body to wake up with the added exposure to daylight.
  • Keep your workplace well-lit and windows open for additional daylight.
  • Combat sedentary patterns by taking activity breaks. Stand up, walk around, or try desk exercises to enhance alertness.
  • If you enjoy caffeine, consume it early in your shift, then transition to water. While caffeine can help you stay awake, hydration is crucial for maintaining focus.
  • Opt for lasting energy by incorporating healthy snacks like peanut butter, whole wheat crackers, granola, yogurt, nuts, and fruits. Steer clear of excessive sugar and carbs that can contribute to fatigue.

If you’re tired at work, you’re probably not sleeping well at home. Transform your bedroom into a restful haven by banishing disruptive blue light devices. Choose a book instead. Maintain a consistent sleep schedule, even on weekends. Avoid stimulants, smoking, and alcohol before bedtime. As the new year begins, consider adopting healthier sleep habits. And finally, if you’re struggling to stay alert at work and suspect an uncomfortable mattress is the issue, let us Outfit you with a solution.

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