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Tired of feeling tired? Here's how to boost your energy without resorting to caffeine.

By Cheryl Embrett

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How to boost your energy

It's 3 p.m. and you're only halfway through your to-do list, but until you get a caffeine or sugar fix all you can think about is a nap. Tired of feeling tired? Join the club. Health experts say we're suffering from a nationwide energy crisis sparked by lifestyles that leave us hurried, harried and running on empty. Instead of fuelling up on coffee and chocolate bars, try these healthy, energy-boosting tips.

1. Clock more zs
It'’s no surprise that energy starts with a good night's sleep, but in today's busy world, we're shortchanging ourselves by about 90 minutes a night, says Dr. David Posen, a columnist for Canadian Living Magazine, author of The Little Book of Stress Relief and a stress consultant in Oakville, Ont. Adults need eight to nine hours a night to restore and regenerate their minds and bodies, while children need 10 to 12 hours, and teens nine to 10.

Energy-boosting tip: Head to bed a half-hour earlier for the next few nights, then add another half-hour for a few nights. Continue adding to your sleep until you can wake up without an alarm, feeling refreshed.

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