So I thought instead of whining about it some more, I'd give you some of my wake the fuck up hacks.
Top 5 ways to wake the fuck up...
1. Brush my teeth...again.
For some reason the act of brushing my teeth wakes me up, or at least gives me more pause before wanting to crawl back under the covers. And when I'm sleepy, I tend to talk less, and I get that funky "nap mouth" feeling. So I brush my teeth at least three times during the day when I'm tired.
2. Music instead of audio books.
Don't get me wrong, I love me some audio books, but when I'm super tired, I'm going to miss a lot of the story. Not to mention that voice actors for audio books tend to have exceptionally smooth and soothing voices. I don't need any of that when I'm tired. Hit me up with some pop punk and a little hair band when I'm tired. The audio books have to wait.
3. Cold food instead of hot.
This includes coffee. If I am beat, even a hot cup of coffee is super soothing. So I try to eat and drink things that are cooler. It might just be me, but warm food makes me think of cozying up by a fire wrapped in a blanket with a comfy pair of slippers on...and I just yawned typing that out. I add ice to every beverage on super sleepy days.
4. Extra water.
I have been trying to drink more water anyway in my daily life, but it's especially important when I'm tired. I also tend to try and flush every cell in my body with caffeine after a forced sleep deprived night. Drinking extra water stops me from guzzling three large coffees every hour. If I'm feeling extra fancy, and with it enough to use a knife, I add in some slices of lemon to said water. Someone somewhere told me lemon water helps wake you up. I couldn't tell you if it's placebo or not, but it works for me.
5. Avoid cuddling with pets.
Our furbabies are adorable, but I swear, a purring cat on your lap is akin to chasing a sleeping pill with a glass of wine. I try to stay in chairs where my legs are at undesirable cat levels. My cat has been following me around all day and meowing because he's mad I'm not chilling out in his fav spots. The caterwauling also helps keep me awake.
Those are the top 5 things I use to keep going. Honorable mentions go to chewing minty gum, and showering. What do you do when you're tired, but don't have the ability to sleep in? I'd love to mix up my techniques.