Glance around the office, the bus, even the movie theater, and you’re bound to see at least a few yawns and maybe even some sagging heads. According to the Centers for DiseaseControl and Prevention, lack of sleep is affecting everything from our memory to our ability to drive. But hitting the snooze button can seem difficult with so much to squeeze into every day.There’s always coffee, but there are a couple of problems with that deliciousbeverage. The Huffington Post reports findings from the 2015 dietary guidelines indicating that as much as three to five cups of coffee per day is completely fine. But too much of the roasted beverage can lead to dependence that leaves you foggy when you forgo that morning cup, according to Smithsonian. On top of that, it can be an expensive habit.
Try something more healthful to give yourself a little bit of a boost. Tons of activities and little life changes lead to sky-high energy levels that will last all day. The next time you’re feeling sluggish, turn to one of these strategies to get you going. No coffee required.

1. Eat breakfast

Healthy breakfast with caffeine

Healthy breakfast with caffeine

While many health professionals tout breakfast as the most important meal of the day, few seem to pay attention to that advice. According to a 2011 survey released by Kellogg, only 34% of adults in the U.S. regularly eat breakfast. That’s too bad, because those doctors aren’t making it up.

Breakfast is called breakfast for a reason: It’s the first time you’re eating after a prolonged period of digestion overnight. “By the time you wake up, your body and brain are demanding fresh fuel,” Harvard Medical School reports. The article goes on to suggest a number of options for breakfasts to boost energy, including Greek yogurt for protein and whole grains for fiber.

If having loads of energy isn’t reason enough to convert you, consider the other potential health benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, eating a morning meal reduces hunger, which can prevent overeating later in the day. That means fewer total calories and a slimmer waistline.

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