How do you fight drowsiness during office hours?

@roi452 (232)
Philippines
March 4, 2008 3:08am CST
It happens to me usually during afternoon after lunch. Suddenly you have this strong urge to sleep, your eyes feels so heavy you want to close them - you want to lay your head and doze off. I'm sure this has happened to many of us , especially office employees. Even trying to get yourself busy with work seem to not work. So what do you do to fight this drowsiness? As for me, I've tried so many things to keep myself awake, hehe.. the most common is drinking coffee..but sometimes it doesn't work. I also drink cold water, as many times as possible, aside from the coldness of the water waking me up...i makes me go walk to the restroom to pee every now and then - now that would really wake me up.
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
4 Mar 08
i think its the problem more or less most of the people who work in office face. i think best way is to wash your face with cold water, take water and then tea or coffee. if that does not work, go up and down the staircase. if its long floors its better. it will give exercise as well as do away drowsiness.
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• United States
4 Mar 08
Cold water on the face is a good idea. I haven't tried that one, but it seems like it would do the job.
@roi452 (232)
• Philippines
5 Mar 08
cold water on the face is indeed effective. Our building doesn't have stairs but i do walk around sometimes. thanks for the comment.
• United States
4 Mar 08
Ice water usually helps me. I'll drink coffee too or try to walk around a bit if I can do that. If I'm stuck sitting at a desk, sometimes upbeat music helps a bit too.
@roi452 (232)
• Philippines
5 Mar 08
I also try listening to upbeat music, although in my case it doesn't help a lot.
@vhayste (116)
• Philippines
5 Mar 08
Yeah, same here. I usually take a quick nap, about 5 minutes then ask my colleague to wake up. Surprisingly, that power nap recharges me well enough that I don't feel sleepy anymore. Or further yet, don't stay on your seat. Stand up, do some stretching.
@bowtieguy (5924)
• United States
5 Mar 08
I stay awake by getting a good nights sleep and keeping busy at work. I manage a accounting department at a marketing firm and usualy have to get on other people for yawning and lazy eyes, so I have to be at the top of my game. Leading by example.