What are some natural ways to feel more awake, that actually work?

  • Exercising It's good to keep patterns going even when your work schedule changes.
  • Pay attention to what you eat if you feel an afternoon slump after you have lunch (or evening slump after you have dinner). Simple carbs like white bread for your sandwich, or high fat foods like fast food burgers and fries, can definitely play a part in your mood and energy level. Try to eat more whole food, complex carbs and high fiber foods.
  • Chatting with your co-workers When you have a late shift, small social breaks at work can help you be more productive and that's why a lot of companies offer work lunches and other times during the work week to bond with your co-workers.