Feeling Tired In The Afternoon?
Are you tired of feeling tired every afternoon? A lot of people get sleepy after lunch. It may seem like it happens to you every day: you have lunch, you get back to your desk, you settle in to work, and then it becomes hard to concentrate. You feel very tired and want to take a nap. The post-lunch sleepiness explains why some people just don’t seem to get much done in the afternoon and why on your days off you fall asleep on the couch after eating. This is especially true if you have a meal full of carbs. So what can you do to deal with this?
Watch What you Eat
First of all, you need to watch what you eat. A lighter meal won’t sit so heavily in your stomach and will be easier to digest. If you eat a lot or eat a meal that’s really heavy, you’ll feel like you want to curl up and nap. Meals that are high in carbs can also make you sleepy. Try to eat something with a good amount of protein in it, and skip the dessert.
Don’t drink a lot of caffeine or coffee during the morning or with your lunch. Doing so means you may hit a sugar crash in the mid-afternoon. Many people try to recover from this by drinking more caffeinated beverages, but that just delays the crash, and you end up in a vicious cycle. Caffeine also comes with a wide range of other negative side effects. Eventually, you’ll feel like you need to have caffeine all the time, so you’ll just end up drinking more and more of it.
Instead, look for foods or supplements that make use of natural energy boosting ingredients that don’t come with such a crash.
Exercise a Bit
Do a few little exercises after lunch or throughout the afternoon to keep yourself awake. This is actually a good thing to do anyway if you sit all day. You need to take a break from the computer about once an hour, so use this time to walk around your office for a few minutes or even do a little bit of light exercise. You’ll find that it helps keep you awake, and it keeps you from getting stiff and sore, too. Get up and move!
One way of doing this is to walk to somewhere to eat instead of driving. If you are eating lunch at your desk, get up and walk around while you do so, or just eat standing up. You’d be surprised at home much it can actually help!
You may also want to start taking an acai berry supplement. Research has shown that a supplement such as the acai berry may be able to provide you with a number of benefits.
These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. These products are not intended to treat, diagnose, or cure any diseases.