While daylight saving time brings an extra hour of sunlight and anticipation for the warm Spring days ahead, it can also wreak havoc on our sleep routine leaving us zapped of energy in the days that follow. 

If waking up in the dark has you feeling sluggish, think twice before reaching for an extra cup of coffee which can not only dehydrate you, but also exacerbate your tiredness later in the day.  

Instead, try one of these natural alternatives to tackle your energy slump. 

Moringa  

Nutritionists are singing the praises of moringa, often called “the miracle tree” due to its healing properties that go back centuries in many cultures. 

Moringa leaf powder is packed with energy-boosting B-vitamins and amino acids and also delivers a dose of calcium, vitamin A and potassium. 

Green powders like moringa also contain chlorophyll, which boosts energy levels by cleansing the blood, increasing the blood’s ability to carry oxygen. 

Try: Organic India Moringa Leaf Powder 

Mix half a teaspoon into water, juice or blend into your favorite smoothie. 

CoQ10 

CoQ10 is a natural antioxidant found in every cell in our body that plays an important role in energy production. 

As we age, levels of CoQ10 decline, so it’s necessary to get enough of this nutrient through either diet or supplementation. 

People with reduced energy levels due to diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome have noted marked improvements in energy after supplementing with CoQ10.  

The powerful supplement is also noted to improve heart function and possibly aid in age-related fertility decline by improving sperm and egg quality. 

Ubiquinol is the more absorbable form of CoQ10 and is recommended for maximum benefits. 

Try: Jarrow Formulas Ubiquinol QH-absorb® Softgels 

Green Tea  

Loaded with antioxidants and plant-based nutrients, the health benefits of tea are numerous.  

EGCG, a catechin in green tea with antioxidant properties, has been found to bolster energy, improve your focus and concentration and increase stamina. 

A cup of green tea contains about 35 milligrams of caffeine compared to between 100-200 milligrams in an average cup of coffee. A 2015 study found that caffeine (a known stimulant and energy booster) works together with the amino acid l-theanine also found in green tea to improve mood and cognitive performance. 

If you prefer a supplement, try: Bluebonnet Nutrition EGCG Green Tea Leaf Extract 

or brew a cup of Yogi Tea Green Tea Super Antioxidant for a herbal afternoon pick-me-up.