If you’re like those of us at H2point0 Headquarters adjusting to the end of Daylight Saving Time, you’re not quite used to driving home from work in the dark and you likely want to go to bed around 7 p.m. simply because it feels (and looks) like bedtime.
Whether the time change has you feeling sluggish, or life, in general, has you ready to nap, there’s one surefire way to help stay alert throughout your day — water. As this article on Lifehack tells us, our brains are made of mostly water, so it’s only natural that we need to keep ourselves hydrated for maximum alertness and productivity. The article lists three styles of hydration designed to assure your body stays stocked with enough fluids:
- Replacement – The idea is to replace all the fluid you lose throughout your day. The average adult loses about a liter of water each day due to evaporation through the skin, breathing, etc. If you sweat a lot or live in a very warm climate you’ll want to up that amount appropriately. Combine that amount with the amount of water you lose as urine and you’ll have a good idea of how much fluid you should be consuming on a daily basis to stay healthy.
- 8 by 8 - 8 ounces of water 8 times per day (about 2 liters total) is an easy way to remember how much you need to keep from getting dehydrated and losing precious brainpower because your body is struggling to operate.
- Prescribed quantity – Check with your doctor or registered dietitian for a more exact idea of how much water you should be consuming based on your body weight and gender.
- Perk up with coffee or another caffeinated beverage in the morning; avoid caffeine in the afternoon and evening.
- Expose yourself to daylight soon after waking. Doing so helps adjust the circadian rhythm.
- Avoid bright light in the evening. Computer screens mimic daylight and throw your circadian rhythm off.
- Practice good sleep habits, with a comfy bed, a quiet room and white noise to drown out sounds if necessary.