Most active people want to stay awake and alert during the day, but as we age, we may feel our energy lagging sometimes.

Try these four quick, simple and natural tips to give yourself an energy boost:

#1 If You Need to Stay Up Late, Eat Light

Eating a light dinner is a great way to stay alert for longer into the evening. When we eat a large meal, the body must use more energy on digestion, rather than on mental tasks. Also, try to limit your carb intake in the evening. They boost production of serotonin, which makes us feel groggy.

Instead, enjoy a protein-packed dinner, such as grilled tuna and strawberries over baby spinach.

#2 If You Have Jet Lag, Eat Walnuts or Cherries

Both of these tasty and healthy foods contain melatonin, which is what regulates our wake up/sleep cycles.

#3 If You're Too Tired to Work Out, Get Hydrated

Fatigue usually has a definite cause, and sometimes it is being dehydrated. To have the energy to do that all important daily workout, drink plenty of water and herbal tea.

Also, eat produce that is high in water content, such as watermelon or cucumber.

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#4 If You Need to Drive, Drink Coffee

It's an old standby, but the research is conclusive: Consuming caffeine is effective for keeping us awake. According to a recent study, drinking 200 mg of caffeine is better than taking a nap for staying awake behind the wheel.

Also, another study found that truck drivers who drink coffee regularly were 60% less likely to have a crash.

Try the above four tips to give yourself more energy for whatever you're tackling today! Have other quick energy tips? Let us know what they are.