We hope AWAKE products will become a regular part of your daily routine to help you feel more energised and alert, whether you are driving, or at work, study or play.
Please note that AWAKE products are not a substitute for getting a good night’s sleep. We can’t escape the fact that adults need a recommended seven to hours’ sleep a night to optimise health and wellbeing. Some of the ways you can set yourself up for a better night’s sleep include increasing bright light exposure during the day, not consuming caffeine or alcohol late in the day, trying to sleep and wake at consistent times, optimising your bedroom environment, reducing screentime in the evenings, and finding ways to relax before bed.
The benefits of taking the AWAKE products will be optimised if you follow these additional tips to help improve your overall wellbeing.
TOP TIPS FOR ALL
- Exercise. Driving, working and studying can all be sedentary past times, which pose increased health risks. It’s important to get moving as much as you can. An early morning work out before your days starts can help you set you up for the day before other commitments take over. If you’re working or studying at a desk, don’t sit for any longer than an hour at a time. If you are at work, you could get up and have a quick stretch or a walk up and down the stairs. If you’re at home, why not put on some music and have a five-minute dance party, have a walk around the block, do some exercises or weights for a few minutes? It can be harder to exercise if you’re driving long distances, but it’s still just as important that you find ways to move.
- Stand to work and study. If you have a standing desk, use it as much as possible.
- Avoid large doses of caffeine. There is nothing wrong with the odd coffee, but if you load up on several cups a day, or combine coffee with other stimulants like energy drinks, you could find yourself crashing, rather than being perked up. And remember, caffeine in the afternoon may impact the quality of your sleep.
- Eat good food regularly and avoid large portions of food. We’ve probably all eaten that big meal in the middle of the day and regretted it as our bodies struggle to digest the food. Snacks and smaller meals throughout the day are a better alternative and can be a great energy booster.
- Stay hydrated. Keep a water bottle on hand at all times and aim to drink at least 1.8 to 2 litres of water per day for females 2 to 3 litres for men.
- Take a cat nap. If you’re at home working or studying, a quick 30-minute cat nap can help to boost your energy and help you feel more alert.
EXTRA TIPS FOR DRIVERS
To help you deal with long days and erratic sleep schedules, these extra tips can help you to be safer, more productive driver:
- Don’t allow yourself to get too exhausted. If you find yourself pushing on when you know you’re already tired, stop and squeeze in a quick nap, or have an early night.
- Move when you get tired. Pull over, get out of your cab and stretch your legs. It is important to keep your blood flowing.
- Have healthy snacks on board for the drive. Try to avoid too many salty or sugary snacks.
- Listen to an audio book or podcast to keep your mind occupied.
- In cooler months, don’t crank up the cab temperature too much, as this can make you feel sleepy. In summer, open the windows and let the fresh air flow through.
- If you are driving at night, high contrast lights can make you feel sleepy. Turn your dash lights down to avoid this.