Sleep Dilemma  

Posted by soreal

My body is still in morning shift mode these days even though its been over 2 weeks since I worked during mornings. I better start repairing my body clock. It would be so embarrassing to doze off during the T3 next week.

Back then I was so nocturnal that during my days off I still am wide awake and restless at night so we always end up watching movies or going to Fuente for siomai hihihi but now, I give out an involuntary yawn at work and whats worst is that I have to do it with my mouth closed. It would be so unbecoming for a trainer to be seen yawning by the trainees.

So just for kicks I tried googling my way to not falling asleep and I was amazed at how little is written about it because most articles ever written talk about how to fall asleep. I found something useful that talks about how not to fall asleep in wikihow though and I'll post the excerpts here but for a full article just click the link.

How Not To Fall Asleep

1) Use your sense of smell. A strong scent, good or bad, can make you more alert very quickly. Holistic healthcare providers often recommend essential oils of the following plants to stimulate the nervous system and reduce fatigue (open the bottle and take a big whiff when you're feeling drowsy).
2) Use acupressure. Massaging any of the following points will improve circulation and ease fatigue
3) Take a power nap. If you have the time, sleeping for just 15-20 minutes can increase your alertness by leaps and bounds if you have a cup of coffee (or any other form of caffeine) right before you fall asleep.
4) Expose yourself to bright light, preferably natural daylight. Your body's internal clock, its circadian rhythms, are regulated by your exposure to sufficient light. Even if you're in an environment where there's artificial light, brighter is better. If you can step outside (even on a cloudy day) or look out the window for a full minute, you'll be more alert. Wherever you work, see if you can replace the light fixture or add a lamp that will brighten your workspace.
5) Keep yourself uncomfortable.
6) Exercise at your computer. Just because you're sitting down doesn't mean you can't use your muscles.
7) Avoid a full stomach. Munch on snacks all day, rather than having a big meal. The key is to not get a spike of sugar intake (followed by the inevitable crash). The same goes for caffeine. Break your consumption down into small doses.
8) Listen to music that's energizing to you; if possible, dance or sing along, even if you just bob your head or hum. Music that's irritating or jarring to you can also work. Just make sure to use headphones so you don't disturb your co-workers.
9) Ask your co-workers to scare you. If they have a sense of humor, they'll delight in finding ways to pop out from behind your desk or around the corner, and it'll get your adrenaline rushing. Laughter is also a great way to fight drowsiness.

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