Nobody loves losing sleep, but odds are you’ve had to do it at some point or another. Whether it was to knock out a difficult assignment, cramming for a test, or any number of unexpected situations, we’ve all pulled an all-nighter.
A lack of sleep has obvious negative effects, including mental fogginess, and worsened moods. But sometimes the occasional all-nighter is necessary. Because of the usual adverse effects, we tend to use things like coffee to try to counter the drawbacks. However, many of the solutions we use have other side-effects that stack up later on.
Bearing that in mind, there are ways to boost your energy, so you can power through the night, without feeling like death the next day. Here’s are some of them to help you pull off that all-nighter, and still recover by the morning.
Kombucha formulates iron that gets released during the fermentation from the black tea. It contains traces of caffeine and loads of b-vitamins, which massively increase energy and promote better moods. The released iron also boosts hemoglobin, oxygenating the tissues and boosting the energy production at the cellular level. This helps the body create ATP, so regular drinkers of this fermented tea stay energized.
Herbal tea comes in a few different varieties, but there are five key herbs to look for in the ingredients for a major energy boost:
- Ginseng — helps with stress-related fatigue, and also strengthens the immune system.
- Ginger — stimulates circulation, which also stimulates the brain, and the body.
- Licorice — helps to replenish adrenal glands, and is an anti-stress mood booster, and it stabilizes blood sugar to circumvent the typical “crash.”
- Ginko Biloba — increases blood flow to the brain, improving memory-retention and focus.
- Rosehip — is a source of vitamin C, a natural energy booster.
Peppermint Essential Oil
Catch a whiff of peppermint for an outside-the-box, yet highly effective energy booster. It is known to help with chronic fatigue syndrome, improve focus, and concentration, and to even support students with ADHD.
Low magnesium levels cause people to use more energy even for moderate activity, leading to rapid fatigue. Additionally low levels of magnesium in brain tissue causes decreased energy production. Conversely, magnesium goes a long way towards executing that perfect all-nighter. It improves blood energy metabolism and even exercise performance.
Natural Energy Drinks
Traditional energy drinks often have side-effects that go beyond being worth it to take them. However, many of the organic, or at least, mostly natural energy drinks provide the energy you need without the crash and burn effect that usually follows. The other great thing is that these natural varieties tend to also taste better, and not chock-full of chemicals like competitor beverages. Some ingredients to be on the look for include:
- Vitamins B5, B6, and C
- Alpha GPC