Mornings are the most productive time of day for me. I get a fresh burst of energy after my first or second cup of coffee, and I love crossing things off my to-do list before lunchtime. But there’s something about the clock hitting 2:30 p.m. that just makes me so tired. I feel sluggish, slow and unfocused in the afternoon – and I hate it! It turns out, there are many reasons for an afternoon slump, as well as ways to fight it. Keep reading for a few tips on beating mid-day fatigue at the office.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, many people experience a dip in their alertness, energy level and ability to concentrate in the afternoon (otherwise known as just feeling blah!). Here’s what causes it: eating a carb-heavy lunch, sitting still for hours, being dehydrated, and your body temperature dropping.
When you eat something loaded with carbohydrates (like white bread, rice, pasta or chips) this will make you feel tired. It’s due to a rapid spike in the blood sugar followed by a dramatic drop. Try replacing white grains with whole wheat, brown rice, whole grain pasta and more to combat this.
Sitting still causes you to feel tired because your body associates the quietness with going to sleep. Get up and walk or stretch once every hour to help fight this.
Some of the common symptoms of being dehydrated include feeling tired, sluggish and moody. You don’t need to keep refilling your coffee mug to fight the sleepiness: just drink more water throughout the day!
Finally, your natural body temperature drops between 2 and 4 p.m. in order to trigger the release of melatonin. Don’t worry: it may be annoying, but it’s part of your body’s normal circadian rhythm. Fight this by listening to upbeat music, going outside in the sunshine or getting up and moving your body.
Everyone goes through this, but you don’t have to suffer every day! Mid-day fatigue is quite literally a drag, but with just a few simple adjustments, you can definitely beat this.