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This week Reactions is telling you how to stay awake with science. You’re tired and you need an energy boost, but you don’t want the jitters from caffeine. What to do? In this week's video, we give you some chemistry-backed tips — one of which involves cats — to boost your productivity and stay awake without refilling the coffee cup.

Water in the Body - chemistry.about.com/od/waterchemistry/f/How-Much-Of-Your-Body-Is-Water.htm

Watching Cat Vids - www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0747563215004343

Cute images/improved attention: journals.plos.org/plosone/article

Light and the Neurotransmitter Orexin - www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-sense/201111/is-light-keeping-you-awake

Single Bout of Exercise - news.uga.edu/releases/article/uga-kinesiology-exercise-boosts-energy/

Water, Hydration and Health - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2908954/

Music and moderate task difficulty - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18563971

Human-animal Interaction - www.researchgate.net/profile/Eva_Hydbring_Sandberg/publication/231556757_Short-Term_Interaction_between_Dogs_and_Their_Owners_Effects_on_Oxytocin_Cortisol_Insulin_and_Heart_RateAn_Exploratory_Study/links/0912f506c3637db084000000.pdf

Hypocretin/Orexin System - www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1279673/

On Dehydration - Nancy Clark’s Sports Nutrition Guidebook 5th Edition

What Favorite Songs Do to Our Brains - www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2014/08/musical_nostalgia_the_psychology_and_neuroscience_for_song_preference_and.html

Pleasure response from music - www.pnas.org/content/98/20/11818.SHORT

Blood components - faculty.stcc.edu/AandP/AP/AP2pages/Units18to20/blood/whatsin.htm

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