Whether you're studying for an exam, powering through a late-afternoon meeting, taking care of a sick child all night, or working the night shift, staying awake can feel like a feat of gargantuan proportions from time to time. You may know when you need a simple, quick caffeine boost to make it through the day, but sometimes coffee's just not going to cut it (or you'd have to drink approximately one million cups to stay afloat.) That's why it's important to find other little hacks to help you stay awake.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 33 percent of American adults don't get enough sleep most nights, which probably isn't all that surprising to hear if you find yourself sleepy during the day or the natural answer to "how are you?" is "busy" or "tired." The American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society recommend adults get a good seven hours of sleep each and every night. Not getting enough? Try these 13 ways to help you stay awake whenever you need a quick pick-me-up, and you'll feel re-energized and newly determined to check off absolutely everything on your list. . . without a nap and everything.