There are days when we may have trouble staying awake. This can ruin our day especially since most activities require us to be alert. The best approach is to first try strategies to stay awake naturally. Regular exercise is an excellent way to make your body feel energized. Taking a 10 minute walk every few hours or during meal breaks is another way to incorporate regular exercise into your schedule. This is better than eating a candy bar or drinking sugary drinks which only give a short boost of energy. It is more recommended to add healthy snacks and fruits into your diet because they do not have the same sugar lows as simple carbohydrates. Increasing fluid intake can also help by reducing dehydration, which causes tiredness. Turning up the lights can also help reduce fatigue because it helps suppress your body’s natural production of melatonin. Sunrise alarm clock is a popular tool that can help people wake up by mimicking the natural brightness of sunlight. However, sometimes we may need an additional quick fix to help us stay awake and more alert. Here are some of the best medications, herbals, and supplements for more energy.


Table of Contents

1.  Over the Counter

1.1.  Caffeine

2.  Nutraceutical

2.1.  Vitamins

2.2.  Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10, ubidecarenone)

2.3.  Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ, methoxatin)

2.4.  L-carnitine

3.  Herbal

3.1.  Green tea




For most people, products containing caffeine is a good choice due to its effectiveness. Vitamins can also help boost energy levels for people who are deficient. CoQ10 is also a popular choice that may have some effect. For people preferring something more natural, green tea or regular coffee are another option.




Caffeine is the product of choice for most people due to its availability and effectiveness. It is found is all types of products from energy drinks, coffee, tea, and supplements.




Vitamins can be a good choice to increase energy levels for people who are deficient in vitamins. In particular, many B vitamins are responsible for energy and metabolism. As a result, you can expect to find multivitamin products to contain a good amount of B vitamins.


Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10, ubidecarenone)


CoQ10, commonly referred to as ubiquinone, play an important role in the mitochondria, helping to generate energy for the body. It can also act as an antioxidant to reduce the free-radicals that damage the body. Supplement in CoQ10 is thought to benefit mitochondrial and heart health and can be sourced from animal or plant products. It has also been suggested that CoQ10 can reduce the muscle breakdown and pain associated with statin therapy.


Pyrroloquinoline Quinone (PQQ, methoxatin)


PQQ is an enzyme cofactor, like CoQ10. It is found in food and act as an antioxidant. It is suggested to help improve mitochondrial, heart, and cognitive health. As a supplement, it is commonly found together with CoQ10 and can be sourced from plant products.




Carnitine is a molecule in the body used for energy production. It can be produced by the body from lysine and methionine or obtained from diet.


Green tea


The leaf bud, leaf, and stem of the shrub Camellia sinensis are used to prepare the dried tea product. The polyphenols and catechins are responsible for the health benefits of tea. In addition, tea contains caffeine that helps to reduce drowsiness.