A University of Georgia study recommends stair walking as a substitute for caffeine.
After an insufficient amount of sleep, people typically turn to caffeinated beverages, but a study suggests that a 10-minute walk up and down the stairs might be more beneficial.
The study used participants who consistently received less than 6.5 hours of sleep a night. Participants were split up into two groups. One group consisted of people who drank caffeinated beverages to stimulate their bodies and the other group consisted of people who walked up and down the stairs for 10 minutes.
The group that walked up and down the stairs for 10 minutes showed greater work motivation and an energy increase compared to the group that consumed caffeinated beverages.
Stair walking is an activity that can be performed inside and gives desk-bound workers an opportunity to step away from their desk to get physical activity and become more awake and active.
If you’re experiencing sleep problems, call 888-452-IRMC (4762) to schedule an appointment with IRMC Physician Group Sleep Specialist, Dr. Rabia Bajwa.