There Are More Ways To Stay Awake Than Just Drinking Caffeine

There Are More Ways To Stay Awake Than Just Drinking Caffeine

Your first instinct when you're drifting off at work might be to head for the coffee pot and fill up your mug with that steamy caffeine. However, you don't need to rely on a hot cup of joe to boost your alertness. Try watching a cute puppy video instead. Seriously. Research has shown that watching cute videos featuring kittens and puppies improves your mood and temporarily boosts your attention to detail. Get more weird but true tips on staying awake with caffeine from the videos below.

How To Stay Awake (Without Caffeine)

If caffeine gets you jittery, this video is for you.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Research has shown that watching cute videos featuring kittens and puppies improves your mood and temporarily boosts your attention to detail. (0:34)

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    We typically get thirsty when we've lost 2-3% of our body's water. (1:25)

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    Turning on bright lights causes the hypothalamus to release neurotransmitters that help us stay awake and alert. (2:40)

This Headset Helps You Stay Awake

Would you try this?

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from Inside Science

Tips For Staying Awake Without Caffeine

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How Smartphones Keep You Awake

Your phone screen can keep you awake... even when you want to snooze.

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Key Facts In This Video

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    Light is one of the best biological cues we have to the time of day, and blue light is particularly effective in helping us predict when morning is. (0:28)

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    Intrinsically photosensitive retinal ganglion cells (ipRGCs) collect light just like other eye cells, but they pass the light information to your brain's master clock instead of its visual system. (1:07)

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    You can help yourself sleep by eating at the right times of day, shutting off screens well before going to sleep, and going to sleep when you're tired. (1:55)

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