When you have long shifts that drag the day out or you work graveyard, energy drinks can seem like a gift from above to help you make it through until you clock out. Unfortunately, they’ve garnered a pretty bad reputation, and not without a good reason. Energy drinks are less than stellar for your health, and the kick that they give you only lasts so long before it turns into a crash. And once you’ve hit the limit of how many you can drink in a day without being at serious risk, what do you do if you’re still tired and not able to go to bed yet? If you’re tired of blowing through energy drinks on at work and are looking for an alternative to keep yourself awake without the disadvantages of an artificial energy boost, here are a few tips to get your started.

Find Other Drinks When You’re Thirsty

That Energy Drink Is Bad For You

That Energy Drink Is Bad For You

When you’re in the habit of constantly having an energy drink on hand at work, your start to rely on having a drink by you at all times. To help break the cycle of energy drinks, find another drink to keep by your side. Water is the best thing you can drink, since it will hydrate you, improve your focus, and ward off headaches and fatigue. If you can, try and have one glass or bottle of water for every juice or soda you drink during the day. Real fruit juices (not “fruit “drinks”) will help satisfy your sweet tooth without doing as much damage to your body as energy drinks or soda.

Tips for Staying Awake at Work

There Are Many Ways To Stay Awake At Work

There Are Many Ways To Stay Awake At Work

Without energy drinks, it may start to become a struggle to not feel tired at work. What do you turn to when you’re feeling sleepy if not a Monster or Rockstar? One alternative, though not much healthier for your body than energy drinks, is coffee. Unfortunately, coffee typically comes loaded with artificial sweeteners and creamers, so that too can have negative effects. If you’re looking for a more natural energy boost, fresh snacks with high nutrient density are the way to go. Fruit and peanut butter, dates, almonds, cashews, and vegetables with hummus are all rich in vitamins and minerals that will give your body and mind the energy boost you need to make it through your shift.

Snacks to Help Fight Your Sugar Craving

Look For More Natural Alternatives To Energy Drinks

Look For More Natural Alternatives To Energy Drinks

Energy drinks are loaded with sugar. When you stop drinking them, you’ll not only have to shake your dependency on using them to stay away, but you’ll also be left with a big-time sugar craving. This can cause mood swings, headaches, and loss of focus, and the best way to get rid of it is to wean off of high sugar foods. To help, you can try some snacks that are naturally sweet. Apples and honey (or peanut butter mixed with honey) is a good place to start, and the protein in peanut butter will give you energy without a guar crash. Fresh fruit in general will satisfy a sweet tooth, and you can accompany fruits with a small amount of extra dark chocolate for an extra treat.