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Thread poster: Alexandra Goldburt
Alexandra Goldburt
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Oct 14, 2009

Rainy season has come to Los Angeles. And, if there is a place on Earth where the old saying "when it rains, it pours" is especially true, Los Angeles in late fall is such a place.

And the weather is like this, I find it hard to keep myself awake, in spite of having a good night sleep before. Maybe it's genetic - our distant ancestors didn't venture out of their caves in heavy rain... or maybe it's just me. Be it as it may, I've just finished my second cup of coffee. I helps to keep my eyes open, but now I worry about negative health effects...

Are there better ways to keep myself awake? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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Helen Shiner  Identity Verified
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Light boxes Oct 15, 2009

http://www.fotosearch.com/CSP173/k1730822/

Some people swear by this sort of thing (I have never tried them, I must admit):
http://www.sad.uk.com/fatigue.php


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esperantisto  Identity Verified
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Try green tea Oct 15, 2009

Often, it has less sharp, but longer lasting effect.

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Karletto
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you could mix it too Oct 15, 2009

green tea, coca-cola, energy drinks

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Ali Bayraktar  Identity Verified
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Cocktail Oct 15, 2009

1 Liter Milk
1 Orange (peeled)
Liquid chocolate (little tube, ask children)

Shake them well and drink cold.

It helps


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Agnieszka Chojnacka
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Snuff Oct 15, 2009

A pinch of snuff might help but don't forget to wipe your nose I prefer yerba mate, though.

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Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
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Coffee doesn't keep me awake Oct 15, 2009

Alexandra Goldburt wrote:
Be it as it may, I've just finished my second cup of coffee. It helps to keep my eyes open, but now I worry about negative health effects...


I drink between 5 and 10 cups of coffee per day. I don't think it helps keep me awake (I mean, if I go without coffee, I'm not more sleepy). Maybe if I drink it without milk, it'll have that effect on me (since other hot milky drinks tend to make me sleepy). I generally have a cup of coffee just before I go to bed (or in bed).

Also I don't feel the difference between caf and decaf (although some people who drink only decaf can tell me within minutes (or seconds?) if the coffee they just had wasn't decaf). Weird...

And isn't it illegal in some countries to serve non-decaf coffee to children?


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Ana Brause  Identity Verified
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Apples, apples, apples... Oct 15, 2009

Eating apples keeps me awake, I discovered that by accident, while on a long night translating. Simple and sweet.
http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Do_apples_wake_you_up
It works for me...

Cheers,
Ana


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QUOI  Identity Verified

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Something organic... Oct 15, 2009

... and nothing beats a good cigar (particularly) on a rainy day.

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Lingua 5B  Identity Verified
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Chai Oct 15, 2009

You may try Chai or other herbal drinks. Also, keep exercising and walk outdoor as much as you can. Your room must always be aired. Keep the window open.

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Gemma Sanza Porcar  Identity Verified
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another option Oct 15, 2009

A cold shower with aroma therapy (specially containing orange essence).

Greetings,

Gemma


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xxxjacana54  Identity Verified
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Mate Oct 15, 2009

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mate

In the Southern Cone of South America a great many of us depend on this to keep going... and the ritual of preparing (and sharing) is also very therapeutic FYI, because I remember you love Bahía, in Brasil they drink it in the southern states, but not in the north.

Although I myself don't prepare mate, I love to get an occasional sip from my daughters who carry it around all day, and it doesn't keep them from sleeping at night! Not recommended while driving... but otherwise excellent: keeps you awake, takes away thirst and hunger, keeps you warm...

Here are some more details:

http://www.rochauruguay.com/Tarariraventura/Mate%20uruguayo.htm

The yerba can be purchased in many supermarkets around the world.

Hope you enjoy it!


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Sanmar
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Panax Ginseng Oct 15, 2009

I find that Panax Ginseng or Asian Ginseng is very good at keeping you sharp and awake without any side-effects or 'come down' whatsoever. It also helps with stress. It has a cumulative effect so it is generally recommended to have the occasional break from it as well.

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xxxAguas de Mar
Guarana, dark chocolate, a multivitamin Oct 15, 2009

Guaraná is easy to find in Brazil, though it might be more difficult (and expensive) to come across in LA.

A cup of dark chocolate has also helped me (the problem with this one is that it tends to have many more calories than coffee, so you offset one health problem, but possibly create another).

Some time ago, I forgot to take my multivitamin in the morning, so I took it before going to sleep and it kept me awake for a few hours. I tried again a couple of times just to make sure it was the multivitamin keeping me awake, and it worked... so maybe it can help you too...


[Edited at 2009-10-15 12:23 GMT]


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Katalin Horváth McClure  Identity Verified
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Cocoa contains caffein, too, and theobromine Oct 15, 2009

Drinking hot chocolate or eating a chocolate bar may work as they are made of cocoa, and cocoa contains caffein, too.
So, if you want to avoid caffein, this may not be the best solution.
Another nerve stimulant present in cocoa is theobromine.

Read more about it here:

http://pol.spurious.biz/dev_zero/caffeine.html

http://www.a1b2c3.com/drugs/caff01.htm


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