To quote Ernest Hemingway, "“I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?” Most of us love sleep. On the down side, falling asleep at work will more than likely get you canned faster than it takes for those second set of z's to exhale from your mouth. Depending on the level of excitement at your job, staying awake and alert is not as easy as it sounds. If you are under the age of 30 and can get to sleep before 10 pm, you are going places. For the rest of us humans, good restful sleep is hard to come by. If you happen to have children, multiply the loss of sleep by 186 (trust me I'm a professional). At Mixer Direct, we think its important that your customers and coworkers are able to distinguish you between a knowledgeable, alert employee, and an extra on the set of "The Walking Dead". We want to help you keep your job. Whether you are a toll booth operator in North Dakota or a professional water slide tester, here are a few practical ways to practice wakefulness.
Coffee is at the top of our list. Yes, our local coffee shop employees may know most of us on a first name basis and rightly so (we've been known to crush a 5 lb. bag of coffee every 2 weeks or so.) If you aren't a coffee drinker, here are a few reasons you should start. Caffeine helps your brain function better cognitively. Its helps with memory, and can assist in completing tasks. Trust us, it's science. It also would not be out of line to call it liquid joy. Caffeine, is thought to bring about a sense of well being or what some would call happiness. Besides the remarkable amount of helpful antioxidants, coffee is a very sociable drink. In our experience at Mixer Direct, we often hang out by the coffee pot and talk before we start work which helps with severe cases of the Mondays and a general lack of alertness.
Try An Energy Drink
Our marketing department at Mixer Direct may or may not be semi-pro connoisseurs of energy drinks. Having an occasional energy drink is a great boost. The majority of energy drinks contain natural supplements like ginseng and guarana. Most energy drink companies boast the benefits of their drinks being increased concentration and performance boosts. Energy drinks are most commonly carbonated and come in a 16 oz. size. If you play your cards right, you can usually find 2 for $3.00 (one for you and your favorite boss) at your local convenient store. A couple of our favorites are Rockstar Punch, Original Monster, and of course classic Red Bull. All 3 of these options also come in either low-carb and or sugar free. Many people are not sure what to think about energy drinks, according to a 2014 panel discussion at the 2014 Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting & Food Expo® in New Orleans, "a rich database of health evidence exists confirming the safety of caffeine for consumers at current levels of exposure. What isn’t known, however, is how caffeine might interact with the myriad of other ingredients found in many energy drinks." Remember, drink in moderation and obey the safety precautions on the can.
Take a minute or two and take a short walk to a restroom or to a different department at work. Splashing a little bit of cold water on your face can actually work wonders too. You can also snag a drink of cold water and stay well hydrated. This can curb feeling drowsy among the other effects that stem from dehydration. Occasionally at our office, employees will take a short break and walk out to the warehouse or our sales and engineering department and talk to another employee for a short while (were talking 2-3 minutes tops). Lastly, if time and location allows, step outside and breathe some fresh air.
Improve Your Audio Visual Approach
Stimulating your senses can really help with staying awake and alert. Having a well lit work space is incredibly helpful. I personally prefer to work in window light or take the occasional walk to look out a window. As far as audio is concerned, everyone has their preferred music tastes. Some would suggest something upbeat and others tend to be stimulated by classical works and or movie soundtracks. In my experience, working while listening to music without words is incredibly helpful in focusing as well as not being lulled to sleep. A good place to start listening to instrumental music is Explosions In The Sky or Tycho. Lest we not forget, there's always rock and roll. I mean seriously, what can't rock n roll do?
What Are Some Of The Ways You Stay Awake At Work?