8 Products For People Who Need An Energy Boost During Winter
Winter days tend to be dreary and dark, which can leaving a lot of people feeling sluggish and tired. Even if you enjoy the season, it's difficult to not want to stay snuggled under the covers on snowy mornings. Spring is officially a little over a month away, but if you need a little energy boost to get you through winter, there are several products that can help you stop dragging your feet (or boots, so to speak).
There are various factors in play that may make you feel extra groggy during the winter months. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is common mental health issue that Psychology Today reported affects 10 million people in the U.S. An additional 10 to 20 percent of the population is believed to experience a mild form of SAD. As Dr. Marc Romano of the Delphi Behavioral Health Group told Bustle in October, "The predominant symptoms of SAD include sadness, decreased activity, anxiety, irritability, and daytime tiredness."
If you don't struggle with SAD, your sleeping habits could be the source of your tiredness. According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the shorter and darker days during the winter season can throw off your circadian rhythm, leading daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and mood changes. What's more, Verily reported that keeping your apartment at a toasty 75 degrees Fahrenheit may even contribute to tiredness during winter.
The National Health Service (NHS) reports that activities such as getting enough sunlight, exercising, eating balanced meals, and sticking to a sleep schedule are natural ways to feel less fatigued throughout this chilly season. But, IMO, it doesn't hurt to have a few fancy products that can make you feel more awake. Here are eight things for people who need an energy boost during the winter.
1. Matcha Powder
2. A "Smart" Water Bottle
H2OPal Smart Bottle Hydration Tracker
Staying hydrated is key to keeping your energy levels up all year long. The H2OPal Smart Water Bottle tracks how much water you drink throughout the day, and even sends you reminders when you need to drink more via a phone app. It's a hefty investment, but worth it for anyone who tends to struggle with staying on top of their water intake.
3. A Healthy Energy Supplement
4. A Humidifier
Pure Enrichment Mist Humidifier
Much like investing in a water bottle, a humidifier can help you beat the dry air winter blows in that contributes to tiredness. Keeping one in your bedroom can ensure you stay hydrated through the night, and wake up with more energy. This humidifier by Pure Enrichment is a bestseller on Amazon, with over 10,000 reviews.
5. A Caffeine-Filled Mask
6. An Energy Essential Oil Blend
Aura Cacia Energize Essential Oil Blend
Like lavender and chamomile makes some people feel sleepy and relaxed, certain essential oils can make you feel lively. This essential oil blend — made with peppermint, rosemary, and citrusy scents — can be put in a diffuser in the A.M. to keep the winter fatigue at bay.
7. A Light Therapy Lamp
Verilux HappyLight Portable Light Therapy Lamp
Of course, no list about boosting energy is the winter can be complete without a light therapy lamp. This one created by Verilux mimics daylight so you can reminisce about sunny summer days, and help you feel a little sunnier yourself. Plus, it's portable so you can use it at work, or at home.
8. A Cooling Mattress Topper
Getting good sleep is essential to feeling energetic the following day. A cooling mattress topper will help you catch those Z's, and wake up feeling refreshed. This comforter made by Slumber Cloud uses "technology originally developed for NASA to control the microclimate of your bed."
Winter is slowly, but surely, coming to an end. However, these products can help you make it through the final, snowy stretch a little more awake.