If you can stay home and relax for the day it’s not a big deal to be a little sleepy. But with the current situation of COVID-19 and everyone is advised to work from home, being sleepy can have significant consequences. You may miss deadlines or hang back on your workload. If that becomes a pattern, it could jeopardize your job.
Treating the actual cause of daytime sleepiness can help boost your energy level and brain function. However, even if you are taking steps to feel better, daytime sleepiness may not improve overnight.
Here’s how to manage daytime sleepiness when working from home.
1. A Caffeine Shoot
If you are working from home and feeling sluggish, the energy boost you need to get your job done might be a shot of caffeine.
Caffeine is a depressant which means it improves brain and nervous system activity. It can improve your power to think and your mental function, and help you defeat sleepiness. Make your own coffee at home or take a short walk to a local cafe.
Be careful of not going overboard. Getting too much caffeine may over-stimulate you and make you nervous, which could affect your level of productivity.
2. A power nap
The only way to get over the daytime sleepiness is to get a little shut-eye. When you need to close your eyes, squeeze on your lunch break in a quick power nap.
3. Get out of your work desk
Too long sitting in one place can worsen the daytime sleepiness. Getting up from your desk periodically and walking around gets your blood flowing. It can help you to stay awake and focus on your work, too.
4. Keep your place of work bright
If you’re lucky to work in a windowed space, open the shades and let in some natural light. Sunlight can increase brain function and energy.
If you don’t have a window near your work space, place a light-box near your desk. This produces low UV light levels and helps to regulate your wake cycle so that you feel less sleepy.
5. Listen to music
Having to do your job in silence can be a drag if you’re sleepy at work. At any moment you may feel like you’re going to fall asleep. Listen to upbeat music, to wake up your brain.
6. Stay busy
Too much downtime can intensify daytime sleepiness. You may have periods when you have fewer responsibilities, depending on the nature of your job.
You may start feeling even more tired, without much to do. If possible ask your boss for some light responsibilities. Maybe you can help with work overflowing.
Mastering how to manage daytime sleepiness can hold you onto the good side of your boss. When drowsiness strikes, try to get through the day with a few of these tips. By visiting your doctor, rule out an underlying problem if your tiredness persists for longer than a few weeks.
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