Different Ways How to Wake Up Without Coffee


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Introduction

If you are one of those people who drags themselves out of bed and wanders in a daze to the coffee machine, we are in the same boat. For nearly everyone that consumes coffee on a daily basis, the thought of a morning without it is unfathomable. Sometimes, you are off-kilter for the remainder of the day.

But there is some good news: Coffee is not the only source of stamina in the morning. You actually have quite a few options, including (but not limited to) other caffeinated beverages, exercising, taking a shower, or even listening to energetic music.

Whether you want to stop drinking coffee or if you never liked it, to begin with, you will not necessarily have to sacrifice a burst of energy in the morning. With a few adjustments, you can train yourself to wake up without coffee.

Morning vs. Night People

Before we get into the methods of waking ourselves up, it is important to think about how different people arise. For example, morning people wake up alert and energetic, while night people are typically groggy and physically sluggish.

Ergo, it is much easier for morning people to omit coffee than night people, because morning time is the beginning of their ideal waking hours. For night people, it does not often feel natural to awaken early in the day.

Night people, therefore, are much more likely to rely on other caffeinated products to get through the morning. Morning people have a better chance of success when trying naturalistic methods. Both are possible for either group, but chemically speaking caffeine is better suited for night people because it helps even out their brain chemistry.

Different Ways to Wake Up Without Coffee

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Because there are so many different ways to wake yourself up in the morning, let us break it down by category. The most common methods of waking up are typically either consumption-based or activity-based.

Consumption-Based

Eating or drinking certain things is usually the most efficient way to awaken. This is because calories are converted into energy, which helps speed the process along. There are, however, particular foods and drinks that are more effective than others.

Other caffeinated beverages

This is the easiest swap you could possibly make—you are just replacing one form of caffeine for another.

Some alternative caffeinated beverages include:

  • Soda
  • Tea
  • Energy drinks

Soda and energy drinks are definitely not for the health-conscious, but they are quite effective. Tea—which sometimes has even more caffeine than coffee—is the best option, especially if you are used to drinking hot coffee. Similar temperatures will make it easier to transfer your habit.

Non-caffeinated beverages

If tea and carbonated drinks are not your things, you still have other drink options. Research has shown that orange juice, water, and fortified coconut water have all been beneficial when you are trying to wake up.

  • Orange juice contains natural sugars, which boost energy, but watch out for the crash
    • Your best choice is fresh or local orange juice because they have none or lower artificial sweeteners
  • Additionally, color psychologists have theorized that vibrant colors such as yellow and orange can increase energy, focus, alertness, concentration, and even reaction times
  • So if you drink it in a clear cup, it can give you a serious boost
    • However, use great caution if you have diabetes, because orange juice causes a real spike in blood sugar
  • Water, on the other hand, is helpful mainly because of general hydration levels.
    • Over the course of the night (and likely in the time before you go to sleep), your body is not taking in any water.
  • This can lead to dehydration, which causes fatigue—making it even harder to wake up
  • If you want to get the most out of your morning water, make sure that it is ice cold, because frigid temperatures have been shown to make you more alert
  • Fortified coconut water contains potassium
    • Potassium helps convert carbohydrates into fuel (energy)
    • Because it is mostly water, you have the added benefits of rehydration

Because people are creatures of habit, if you are trying to cut out coffee (and you are not having the caffeinated kind), replacing it with another beverage can make the transition easier.

Also worth reading: How to Make Coffee Without a Coffee Maker

Energy-boosting Foods

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Just like the variety of drinks, there are plenty of food options if you need help waking up. Some of these are apples, other fruits, protein bars, oats, and yogurt. All of these have calories, which are units of energy.

  • Apples and other fruits
    • Apples have natural sugars that boost energy
      • Plus, its thick skin takes a bit of effort from your digestive system, which well help awaken the rest of your body

  • Guaranas are a natural source of caffeine
      • Because it is South America-native it can be tricky to find, but you can usually find the seeds at the grocery store or the extract online
      • However, the search may be worth it—1 gram of its seeds has 47 mgs of caffeine
    • However, diabetics need to be wary of having too much fruit because of their sugar content
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  • Protein bars
    • Many protein bars have caffeine added to them to boost energy, as they are designed for activity
      • For example, Clif bars, which are some of the most popular (and delicious), have up to 50 mg of caffeine
        • Plus, virtually all original variety Clif bars are vegan-friendly
        • They also offer gluten-free options
    • Protein bars are often fortified with various vitamins and minerals that can boost your energy levels

  • Oats
    • Oats are high in complex carbohydrates, which are excellent sources of energy
    • They are also high in fiber, which can stimulate not only your digestive system, but other bodily systems as well (similarly to apples)
    • Steel-cut and all plain breakfast oats are also dairy-free and suitable for plant-based diets
      • Plus, you can add some energy-boosting fruit to it

  • Yogurt
    • Yogurt contains probiotics, which boost energy levels
    • They also contain protein, which also aids in energy rejuvenation
    • Greek yogurt is the dairy-based option, but there are also plenty of non-dairy options to get your probiotic and protein fix

While it is not necessarily considered a food, mint is another clever way to make you more alert:

  • Studies have shown that mint and mint flavors can stimulate your nerves
  • You can achieve this by using toothpaste with a strong minty flavor
  • Alternately, having a breath mint or chewing minty gum has a similar effect

Now that we’ve covered exuberance-boosting foods and drinks, let us move on to some energizing activities that can help you wake up.

Activity-based

If breakfast is not your thing, or if breakfast alone is not enough, there are other methods you can employ to help improve your wakefulness. Some are more physical, and others involve making changes to your environment.

Physical

Physical activity is profitable at any time, but in the mornings it can make an even bigger difference. Here are some ways to really get up and at ‘em!

Exercise

Exercise and/or stretching should be your first choices because:

  • They increase blood flow and, consequently, energy
  • They produce endorphins, which are one type of feel-good chemicals in the brain
    • They also make you feel more energized
  • It does not necessarily have to be a full-blown exercise routine
    • Even just a few minutes of exercise or stretching will suffice
  • They loosen your muscles and ease any tension that may have developed while you were sleeping (this is particularly true for yoga or Pilates)

Take a Shower

There is nothing quite like the soothing pressure of water in the shower, and it might be just the thing you need to vitalize yourself in the early hours:

  • Cold showers are best (as ghastly as they sound)
    • The rapid change in temperature zaps your brain awake
    • They also makes you feel more alert and relieve tension
    • If a full cold shower is more than you can bear, try starting with a splash of cold water on your face
  • To make your showers even more invigorating, stimulate your sense of smell
    • Aromatherapy helps further with tension relief
    • Certain smells, such as peppermint and citrus, have been shown to help wake you up
      • Try using a heavily scented body wash or shampoo with these scent profiles

Let the Light in

Leaving your blinds open and curtains drawn can also be quite a big help when you are trying to awaken your brain:

  • When it is dark outside, our bodies produce what is called melatonin
    • Melatonin helps regulate and induce sleep
  • Conversely, light reduces and suppresses melatonin
    • This light exposure acts as your body’s natural wake-up call
  • Exposure to sunlight produces vitamin D, which is another energy-booster

But, don’t forget that this is not true for everyone. Aside from the production of vitamin D (which sunlight induces no matter what type of person you are—that is just chemistry), these effects can actually be in the reverse when considering the experiences of morning versus night people:

  • For morning people, their biological clocks are perfectly in sync with the sunlight and can rise along with it
    • In other words, the sun does not disturb them and their sleep does not feel as interrupted
  • For night people, getting blasted with rays of sunlight upon awakening can sour your mood and your day
    • In other words, the sun is a glaring reminder that nighttime is over
    • This is especially bad for those with light sensitivity—no one wants to wake up and have their eyeballs feel like they are being fried

If this technique works for you, letting a little sunlight in is one of the easiest things you can do to aid in wakefulness. Having a lot of windows or light exposure in your bedroom makes this a lot easier to achieve success.

Pump Up the Volume

One last recommendation for waking up without coffee is to turn on some music. Playing your favorite tunes, especially the upbeat ones, has a myriad of its own invigorating benefits, including:

Stimulating physiological arousal

  • This means that it activates your body and makes it alert, which involves:
  • An increase in heart rate
  • A stimulant-like effect on your bodily systems (a great substitute for caffeine, which does the same thing)
  • Sending messages to your brain that tells it that it is time to wake up

Produces dopamine, which is another feel-good chemical in the brain

  • The effects are similar to those experienced with endorphins
  • Plus, a lot of times your favorite upbeat music will make you want to dance
  • Dance is another form of physical activity that triggers the release of endorphins
  • This means that you are getting the dopamine on top of the endorphins—talk about a mood booster!

The bottom line is that physical activity, however you choose to do it, can go great lengths towards helping you wake up without drinking coffee. Virtually all of these activities are timely and cost-effective, so they are suitable for any lifestyle or budget.

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Conclusion

If anyone does not seem to be working for you, you can experiment a bit by mixing and matching various practices. Maybe taking a cold shower is not enough, but when combined with some fast-tempo music it does just the trick. Or, maybe exercise takes you most of the way there, but you are only fully awake once you have combined it with orange juice.

To take the easy way out, just switch out one form of caffeine for another—at the end of the day, remember that it is the caffeine that is in the coffee that stimulates alertness, not the coffee itself. If you are trying to cut out caffeine altogether, it is the best practice to slowly wean yourself off.

No matter how or where you choose to do it, you have a long list of possibilities to facilitate rousing yourself out of sleep mode. You can switch up your morning foods and drinks, make subtle changes in your environment, and engage in some sort of physical activity—any of these will make a difference.

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