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6 Caffeine-Free Ways to Feel Refreshed Each Morning

In an ideal world, you’d get the recommended seven to nine hours of sleep a night that you need and wake up each morning feeling ready to conquer the day. Unfortunately, the average American logs just six and a half hours nightly, and that’s before accounting for bouts of insomnia or other sleep disturbances. The bottom line: Waking up feeling energetic may sound like an elusive goal. But it isn’t. Here are six ways to fake it until you make…

Eat These Foods for a (Caffeine-Free) Energy Boost!

Instead of reaching for a cup of coffee every time that you feel run down, grab one of these energizing foods. Feeling energized obviously has a lot to do with getting the right amount of sleep at night, but there are some other, less obvious ways to perk yourself up. One of the easiest ways to give yourself a shot of energy is to have a snack. After all, when blood sugar is low, so is your pep….

Surprising Foods That Contain Caffeine

Besides coffee, these other foods, beverages, and medications may also cause you to stay awake. If you’re looking for a quick jumpstart in the morning—or you’re trying to stay alert at work in the afternoon—it’s only natural to reach for a hot cup of coffee or tea. Although this ubiquitous brew may be one of the world’s most popular sources of caffeine (a natural compound that helps stimulate the central nervous system), it’s certainly not the only way to get…

How Caffeine Works

Learn what caffeine actually does to your body. While you probably know that caffeine can keep you awake, you may not understand how the substance actually works. Myths abound when it comes to caffeine, and its effects vary from person to person. By understanding how caffeine works, you can use it more efficiently. How It Stimulates You While you’re awake, the neurons in your brain fire away and produce a compound called adenosine as a byproduct. Adenosine is constantly monitored by…

How Do I Wean Myself From Caffeine?

If it isn’t agreeing with you or it’s risky for your health, take these steps to cut back. C’mon, fess up: Are you a java junkie? Is all the caffeine you’re consuming good for your body and mind? As much as you love the kick that you get from caffeine, there may be circumstances where you’d be better off reducing your intake, consuming it only in the morning, or quitting it altogether. These include… You’re Sensitive to It: Caffeine affects people…

How Much Caffeine Should You Really Be Having?

The magic hour: when to stop drinking coffee It can be hard to keep up with all the information that’s out there regarding caffeine. Is it bad for us or not? How much is too much? And how, exactly, does caffeine interfere with sleep? In terms of how much caffeine you should have, the general consensus is that up to 500 milligrams per day—or roughly the equivalent of four eight-ounce cups of brewed coffee—is safe for adults. Children, on the…

Why Parents Should Reframe “Me Time”

Kids in bed? Here’s how to enjoy a relaxing evening without sacrificing your own sleep. For many parents, days are a blur of making meals and managing messes, negotiating nap times and bedtimes, and often working outside of the home, too. So it isn’t surprising that when the house finally falls silent of little footsteps for the night, parents are more than ready for some adult relaxation time. The problem is that “me time” can translate into habits that keep you…

When Is it Time for a Sleep Aid?

Too many nights lying wide awake might make you wonder about medication. Here what you should know. Even after taking steps to improve the quality of your sleep—such as sticking with a regular bedtime, cutting back on caffeine, and exercising regularly—some people still struggle to get the amount of sleep they need. It’s a cycle that causes frustration as well as exhaustion. So now what? If you are one of the millions of people who struggle to fall asleep every night,…

Tips for When You Wake up in the Middle of the Night

How you handle waking up in the middle of the night has a big impact on your odds of falling back asleep quickly. Here’s how to play your cards right. There are lots of reasons you might wake up during the night, from drinking a little too much wine before bed to hearing a loud noise outside your window. In fact, you may wake up as many as six to eight times each night without even realizing it….

On an Early Flight? Learn How to Wake Up Feeling Rested.

Just because you’re rising before dawn to catch the first flight out doesn’t mean you have to feel drowsy all day. Sometimes there’s just no avoiding an early morning flight, whether it’s because you have to be at your destination in time for a 9:00 AM meeting or because the ticket costs half the price of one for a flight leaving later in the day. And no thanks to the long lines at security, those pre-dawn take-offs can force you…