This story was written under the influence of caffeine in numerous forms, as well as Nawgan®, a new “refreshing beverage” designed by a brain scientist to promote concentration, and—once or twice—a pharmaceutical concocted for narcoleptics that comes in handy when you have to be coherent even on days when your 2-year-old is clamoring at 4 a.m. for milk and “‘artoons!”
Whether your problem is an ornery toddler or an overly boozy night, every honest man in America who isn’t Tony Robbins knows the feeling of losing steam until he is an Internet-trolling zombie by 3 p.m. The secret to having more energy isn’t just a matter of righting those wrongs. It’s a mix of proper sleep, better diet, and managing—but not eliminating—stress. What follows is a day in the life of your energy.