As you weed out those hidden caffeine sources, try a rosemary energy spritz to fight the mid-afternoon slump. Simply add a sprig of fresh or dried rosemary to a spray bottle filled with purified water. Let the mixture soak overnight to infuse the water, then shake the bottle well before spraying it twice on your face. A clinical study shows the rosemary inhalation has an aromatherapeutic effect, going straight to the subjects’ brains and increasing alertness. As a bonus, the rosemary energy spritz may even help improve memory.
Energy Boost #3: Sleep Easier
Not being able to fall asleep at night can begin to feel like a black hole, literally sucking the life out of you day after day after day. In fact, up to 40% of us suffer from insomnia. Here are two key secrets to break the fatigue cycle so you can sleep peacefully through the night.
First, try drinking a cup of rooibos tea right before bedtime. Rooibos teas, naturally caffeine-free, is an herbal infusion made from a South African bush. It’s loaded with antioxidants, and studies show it reduces tension, irritability and headaches – all key components linked to insomnia.
Improve your sleep even further with Dr. Oz’s special nap-sack: a heated rice footsie. Simply pour rice into your socks, heat them in the microwave until they’re warm, then wear the socks for up to 20 minutes while lying in bed. While it may sound odd, here’s how it works: To a get a good night’s sleep, your core body temperature must drop slightly in order to enter a restful sleep phase. The heated rice footsie diverts blood to your feet due to the heat, which in turn cools your core, allowing you to get your Zzzs all through the night.