Fighting Afternoon Fatigue
It is very common to feel sleepy in the afternoon while at work. While this condition is not at all abnormal in itself, there are things that we can do to minimize it and therefore become more productive. First we need to understand what might be causing us to feel sleepy. There can be a number of reasons that range from not getting enough sleep the night before, to eating a heavy lunch or not having enough fluids in the body.
The type and quantity of food you eat at lunch can have a direct impact on how awake and alert you are going to feel in the afternoon. One suggestion is to avoid lunch foods that are high in carbohydrates or laced with additives such as MSG which is present in many Asian foods. Also avoid overeating which causes the body to devote too many of its resources to digesting the food and leaves you feeling tired. Examples of good foods to eat at lunch include fruits, nuts or yogurt while avoiding such things as pasta, pizza or sugary foods such as cookies and doughnuts. Stay properly hydrated with water or a sugar free beverage.
A couple ways to fight the onslaught of sleepiness are to:
1. Take a quick 20 minute nap to recharge your batteries
2. Drink a tall glass of water or a caffeinated sugar free beverage.
3. Get up out of your chair and take a walk, preferable outside in the fresh air.
4. Take a daily multivitamin and exercise regularly.
If these changes prove ineffective in managing your afternoon fatigue, there may be a more serious underlying medical condition going on. It would be advisable at that point to consult with your doctor to make sure there isn’t a more serious reason for feeling tired.
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