Scrolling Headlines:

UMass tuition set to rise 3-4 percent for 2017-2018 school year -

July 18, 2017

PVTA potential cuts affect UMass and five college students -

July 10, 2017

New director of student broadcast media at UMass this fall -

July 10, 2017

Whose American Dream? -

June 24, 2017

Man who threatened to bomb Coolidge Hall taken into ICE custody -

June 24, 2017

Cale Makar drafted by Colorado Avalanche in first round of 2017 NHL Entry Draft -

June 24, 2017

Conservatives: The Trump experiment is over -

June 17, 2017

UMass basketball lands transfer Kieran Hayward from LSU -

May 18, 2017

UMass basketball’s Donte Clark transferring to Coastal Carolina -

May 17, 2017

Report: Keon Clergeot transfers to UMass basketball program -

May 15, 2017

Despite title-game loss, Meg Colleran’s brilliance in circle was an incredible feat -

May 14, 2017

UMass softball loses in heartbreaker in A-10 title game -

May 14, 2017

Navy sinks UMass women’s lacrosse 23-11 in NCAA tournament second round, ending Minutewomen’s season -

May 14, 2017

UMass softball advances to A-10 Championship game -

May 13, 2017

UMass basketball adds Rutgers transfer Jonathan Laurent -

May 13, 2017

UMass women’s lacrosse gets revenge on Colorado, beat Buffs 13-7 in NCAA Tournament First Round -

May 13, 2017

Meg Colleran dominates as UMass softball tops Saint Joseph’s, advances in A-10 tournament -

May 12, 2017

Rain keeps UMass softball from opening tournament play; Minutewomen earn A-10 honors -

May 11, 2017

Former UMass football wide receiver Tajae Sharpe accused of assault in lawsuit -

May 10, 2017

Justice Gorsuch can save the UMass GEO -

May 10, 2017

Ten tips for increasing your level of energy!

MCT

MCT

Feeling tired in the morning? Feeling sluggish throughout the day? On many occasions a lack of sleep is the cause for this, but when you are getting the recommended hours of rest at night something else could be to blame. Recharge and get back into the swing of things here at the University of Massachusetts by trying these tips proven to boost energy and increase productivity when you’re feeling tired.

 

Get Energized Tip #1: SLEEP!
Beginning with the most common cause for tiredness, make sure you are getting a good night’s rest. An hour before bedtime, shut off all of your digital devices and try not to do any heavy reading. Computer and TV before bed can decrease the quality of sleep, making a person feel less rested in the morning. There is nothing completely wrong with reading before bed, but the light and fast flow of data could disturb a good night’s rest.

Get Energized Tip #2: Less Carbs, Carbs, Carbs
Carbohydrates and sugary drinks later in the day can make blood sugar levels crash at night. The morning after, a person wakes up feeling tired and craving more carbs. Fulfilling this craving promotes the continuation of this pattern. Starting the day with whole grains, low-fat dairy and a serving of protein is a great way to boost energy and encourage healthy eating habits for the rest of the day.

Get Energized Tip #3: Get More Iron
Eat leafy greens and lean red meats to increase your iron intake. Deep, green vegetables and lean meats contain high levels of iron, which is essential for forming red blood cells. Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your bloodstream, so without enough iron, you are starving your body of oxygen it needs to carry out the simplest of tasks. To ensure iron levels are where they should be, take a multivitamin for insurance.

Get Energized Tip #4: Exercising Gives a Boost
Exercising is commonly associated with feeling exhausted, but the opposite is true. Increasing activity, whether it is by going to the gym or by walking around the office, can increase your energy level.

Get Energized Tip #5: Power Nap
Feeling sluggish in the afternoon? Research shows that a quick power nap can increase energy, reduce stress and improve cognitive functioning. Napping also means more patience, less anxiety, better reaction time and overall better health. Expert’s advise to keep naps between 15 and 30 minutes, since sleeping longer gets you into deeper stages of sleep, from which it is more difficult to awaken.

Get Energized Tip #6: Drink Water
Even slight dehydration can leave a person feeling fatigued. The solution is as simple as drinking a tall, cool glass of water. Drink a glass first thing in the morning before breakfast to jumpstart the day and after a workout to replenish lost fluids to keep the body going. Also remember that the body often confuses signals of hunger with thirst. When you think you are hungry, drink a glass of water first.

Get Energized Tip #7: Latte, Not Coffee
Need a caffeine boost? Substitute a coffee for a latte. A latte contains the caffeine needed to give a jolt of energy like coffee, but also contains milk with protein to provide a longer-lasting energy boost.

Get Energized Tip #8: Eat Power Foods
Carry a snack throughout the day for those times when you are feeling sluggish—just make sure the right foods are packed. Dried fruits, almonds, bananas, oatmeal and yogurt are great low-calorie snacks that provide a boost.

Emily McLaughlin can be reached at emclaugh@student.umass.edu.

Leave A Comment