When a person abuses illegal substances, his family typically sends him to a drug rehab institution to cure the addiction. In this facility, specialists introduce detoxifying, counseling, and other methods so the patient will recover from his addiction. If all goes well, the individual will be released, ready to face a drug-free world.
However, what caused the addiction in the first place? There are many reasons, but a seemingly trivial one is the need to combat sleepiness. An executive may sniff two lines of cocaine so he can stay awake to finish an important business plan to the board of directors. A student may drink five shots of espresso to avoid falling fast asleep so he could prepare for a major exam. A night owl may take drugs so he can stay all night to party with buddies.
According to drug rehab specialists, there are healthier ways to conquer sleepiness without the help of drugs. Here are some of them.
1. Stay in a cool place. Warm, cuddly environments usually causes mental fatigue which makes you sleepy and tired. Stay awake by decreasing your air-conditioning system’s temperature or sitting under an air-conditioning vent.
2. Splash some cold water on strategic areas on your body, specifically your face and the pulse area of your wrist. You can also gulp ice-cold water every now and then to help keep you awake although you have to be ready for more frequent bathroom breaks.
3. Do some light exercises such as taking a stroll, jogging for a few minutes, doing sit-ups, or jumping a couple of times. Exercise warms the blood and quickens the body and mind.
4. If for some reason you cannot exercise, chew some sugar-free peppermint gum. Chewing gum enables you to do some sort of physical activity so you can keep awake.
5. Take a breather and treat yourself to a good laugh. Watch a funny video clip, or read a few pages of a funny comic book. Laughter energizes the mind and enables you to stay awake longer.
6. Listen to fast, beat music such as disco, reggae, or heavy metal.
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