Alternatives to Caffeine for Energy For Nursing Jobs

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Being a nurse is a long, exhausting job. Sometimes you need a good energy boost and you immediately find yourself reaching for the nearest caffeine source. Unfortunately, too much caffeine can begin to work against those working long nursing jobs. It can cause heartburn, anxiety, high blood pressure, and a whole other host of health issues. 

It’s a challenge for nurses to work 12-hour shifts without some sort of energy boost. But, it might be time to find new ways of harnessing energy. Instead of drowning your tiredness in coffee and other caffeine-laden drinks, try one of these alternatives to help you stay alert. 

Alternative Energy Sources for Those Hard at Work at Nursing Jobs

For an RN working long hours, foods and drinks that boost energy are a must. Try snacking on these throughout the day to help keep your energy levels up.

Vitamin B

There is a possibility that your tiredness isn’t just a result of long hours at work. You might be dealing with a vitamin deficiency. B vitamins are an essential part of keeping your metabolism up and your body healthy. They produce energy, boost red blood cell production, and more. 

Get these vitamins from supplements or natural sources like tuna, avocados, and sunflower seeds. Make sure to snack on these several times a week. B vitamins are water-soluble and won’t store long in your body. 


This root is popular in many Asian countries and is known to promote concentration. Rich in antioxidants, it can help with your immune system as well. 


A superfood from the Andes Mountains, Maca supports adrenal function and mental focus. It’s what’s called an adaptogen, which will help balance your hormones. An imbalance in the stress hormone, cortisol, can give you brain fog and make you feel tired. Balancing out these hormones helps to give you more energy. 


This root is also a superfood, this time from India. It has many uses, including its use as a stimulant. It makes for a safe, caffeine-free energy boost. 


Peppermint is anti-inflammatory, soothes the stomach, helps reduce daytime sleepiness, and provides sinus relief. You can drink it as tea, use it as aromatherapy, or even put fresh leaves in a smoothie. 


If you are craving a little sweetness, a banana is a great way to fix that craving. Plus, it gives you an energy boost for the day. It’s a great way to start out your morning and is full of potassium and vitamin B6. 


Spinach is full of iron and magnesium, both of which are essential for your energy levels. It’s also full of potassium if you aren’t that much of a banana lover. 


Nuts are rich in protein and fats which will help fill you up longer. Sugary snacks process through your system quickly, leaving you hungry and tired again in no time. Nuts will make you feel full and won’t raise your blood sugar levels. They are great for fighting stress and inflammation in the body as well. 


Yep, good old water is a great way to stay energized. Your body is mostly water, so you need to drink water to stay healthy. The slightest dehydration can drag your energy levels down. Dehydration can also tank your mood and ruin your concentration. If you struggle to remember to drink water, find a water bottle that you can take to work with you. Having your own personalized water bottle is a great motivation to keep drinking. 

Helping You Find RNs and Other Nursing Jobs You Want

If you are looking for healthcare jobs in the greater Pittsburgh area, CynaMed matches professionals, like RNs, with medical facilities. Whether you are an LPN, RN, CNA, or Medication Technician, we are here to help you find what you need. Contact us to learn more and check out our Nurse’s Ultimate Guide to Self-Care. 

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