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How can I to boost my energy?

Asked by babygalll (2753points) July 3rd, 2008

What can I do to boost my energy naturally? I usually have a cup of coffee late in the afternoon, but then find myself tossing and turning at night. I don’t remember the last time I slept through the night. Any advice?

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tinyfaery's avatar

Exercise, eat nutritional food, get enough sleep, and drink enough water; this is pretty much the cure to almost anything. Try some gentle yoga about 2–3 hours before you go to bed, then do some deep breathing right before you go to bed—works for me.

Breefield's avatar

Exercise regularly.

delirium's avatar

Citrus wakes me up.

Breefield's avatar

Caffeine pills much?

judyprays's avatar

wink at someone.

emilyrose's avatar

the reason you can’t sleep probably is that coffee! It can stay in your system for hours. I can hardly drink tea after 2pm or even noon sometimes. You would also benefit from more exercise if that isn’t a part of your routine… will sleep much better. Also try having chamomile tea before bed…....

Strong's avatar

drink lots of water and get the blood flow going.

edmartin101's avatar

To keep you awake drink a non-sugary orange juice -natural sweet is better, then to get more energy throughout the day, regular exercise like running, tennis, etc will do the job after two weeks of continuous exercise. You should exercise for a minimum of an hour a day. To sleep better, no late dinners and no late exercise -this will keep your heart beat rate high that you won’t be able to sleep. Like emilyrose suggested a chamomile tea 20 minutes before bedtime is a good thing to do while reading a book. Once I heard someone said in a conference that leaders are readers and readers are leaders, so he suggested: “If you are reading a book sitting down and you’re falling asleep then continue reading standing up, if you’re still falling asleep then go to bed”

sndfreQ's avatar

Nice one emilyrose…I have also taken to natural supplements of Melatonin 3mg before bed to help regulate my sleep; I suffer from middle insomnia, but Fluther keeps me company during rough patches :)

flameboi's avatar

happyness :)

babygalll's avatar

@emilyrose: I know it’s the coffee that’s keeping me up. That is why I am asking for natural way to boost my energy without having to drink something with caffeine.

marinelife's avatar

Like the group said: Exercise! A walk is fine. Here are the scientific study results:

“Findings from a recent Stanford University Medical School study may come as no surprise: older and middle-age people reported sleeping better when they added regular exercise to their routine. After 16 weeks in a moderate intensity exercise program, subjects were able to fall asleep about 15 minutes earlier and sleep about 45 minutes longer at night.”

mcbealer's avatar

Drink some Emergen-C
You can find it at W*l-mart. I have found it immensely helpful when feeling a bit rundown, in the summer when the humidity’s high, when working overtime, etc. The pink lemonade flavor is tasty.

emilyrose's avatar

@babygall….oh—- ha ha somehow i missed that! You may also want to look at your sugar consumption and make sure you’re not crashing. you should try avoiding refined sugars for a week and see if you feel a difference. even juice has a ton of natural sugar in it so you should have half a serving instead. eating whole fruit is fine as long as you don’t go overboard.

babygalll's avatar

@emilyrose: I don’t drink soda or juices. I do watch my sugar intake daily. I drink lots of water throughout the day. As for fruit I have 2 servings a day.

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blakemasnor's avatar

Eat a bowl of Whole grain cereal before you go to sleep. While this is not advised when trying to lost weight it will give you more energy for when you wake the following day.

jvgr's avatar

Don’t overlook the state of your mental health.

ponderinarf's avatar

I do not know who gets the credit, but smiling is a great pick-me-up when I feel lethargic. Looking in the mirror funny is another sure-fire booster.

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