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We’ve all experienced it: the alarm clock goes off, and after hitting the snooze button several times, you groggily roll over and drag yourself out of bed, attempting to stumble through your morning routine. This can be especially predominant during the holiday season when we are trying to juggle our normal work and family life that get compounded by the bustle of shopping, holiday gatherings, and increased demands for meal prep.

There are a number of reasons one might wake up feeling groggy or not well rested in the morning, but here are a few energy hacks that don’t involve caffeine or stimulants to help you wake up in a more natural way.


  1. For the last 30 seconds of your shower, turn the water over to cold.
    • Exposure to cold water causes of a release of dopamine into your blood. Dopamine, which is often recognized as the hormone that allows us to feel pleasure and happiness, is also responsible for promoting feelings of wakefulness, motivation, and increased energy.
  1. Feeling sluggish upon waking? Try gazing directly into the morning sunlight.
    • Sunlight, especially the early morning sun, is responsible for stimulating the release of the hormone serotonin, which helps with wakefulness and feeling alert.
  1. Drink 16-24 oz of water upon waking.
    • Getting 7 to 8 hours of the recommended amount of sleep at night is a long period to go without drinking any water. Given one of the most common signs of dehydration is fatigue and low energy, it makes sense that drinking a couple glasses of water upon waking will help with re-hydrating your body and promoting alertness. Instead of reaching for coffee first thing upon waking (which can dehydrate you further) opt to consume water first. (As an added benefit, squeeze a bit of lemon into your glass of water for a mild detoxifying effect.)
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