Ways to wake up when your body won’t cooperate

Do you have a hard time waking after after a good sleep? Thankfully, Lifehacker has compiled a list of things you can do to give your body a jolt. Here they are:

  1. Make your coffee bitter. When every sip is more bitter than what you’re used to, you might just feel more awake while drinking it.
  2. Grab a few minutes of direct sunlight. Soak up some Vitamin D, breathe some fresh air and let your ears feel the openness of an unmuffled, non-office world.
  3. Pull your hair. Slowly and gently tug at your hair to get blood flowing to your head in a new and refreshing way.
  4. Splash cold water on your face. Just don’t go overboard and come out of the office bathroom looking like you fell in.
  5. Use your computer as an alarm clock. The basic idea is to make you actually pay attention to your alarm, instead of just going back to sleep.
  6. Take a meme break. Laughter can help wake up a sleepy person better than almost anything but sheer terror.
  7. Pop a strong mint. Consider getting a menthol stick–they’re so strong that they help actors fake tears.
  8. Massage your hands. The area between your palm and your wrist is a fairly sensitive one; giving it a minute-long deep rub can give you all the good feelings, while not putting you to sleep in the process.
  9. Interact with a complete stranger. Our bodies tend to wake up pretty quickly to avoid any sort of social awkwardness.
  10. Play fast-tempo music. Play music you love, but absolutely keep it upbeat and fast.
  11. Stretch your back, neck and legs. The point is to really stretch so that the blood gets flowing again throughout your entire body.
  12. Take off some layers. Taking it off a layer may give enough of a chill factor to shake things up and stave off drowsiness.
  13. Flip your head upside-down. The massive rush of blood to the head can be a big pick-me-up.
  14. Bite a lemon! A zesty slap to the face might be exactly what you need.



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