We’ve all felt it. That sudden wave of sleepiness that comes over us somewhere around 2pm. And while this crash might seem horrific, studies have shown it’s actually a natural part of our body’s natural rhythm. That doesn’t mean we can’t fight! Here are a few ways to beat that afternoon slump!
1. Go for a walkphoto credit: josemanuelerre via photopin cc
Getting active will give get your blood pumping and give you the extra push you need to get through the rest of the afternoon. And if you don’t have time to go outside, run up and down the stairs a couple times.
2. Get Some Sunphoto credit: Toffee Maky via photopin cc
Fresh air and sunshine are stimulants. If you eat or take a quick stroll outside, you’re taking deeper breaths, lowering the amount of melatonin you produce (the hormone that makes you tired), and getting a boost of Vitamin D.
3. Have a Drinkphoto credit: jenny downing via photopin cc
Dehydration is a very common reason for tiredness. Drink a cup of water and your body will wake up and start preforming at its peak ability again.
4. Have a Conversationphoto credit: ashraful kadir via photopin cc
Sometimes the monotony of work lulls the body to sleep more than anything. Get up and have a conversation with a co-worker or call a friend you haven’t had time to talk to in a while. The break will help you refocus on the tasks at hand.
5. Have a Snackphoto credit: Theen … via photopin cc
Not a sugary snack! Eating something full of sugar may give you a wave of energy, but that will soon be followed by a crash. Eat something that has fiber and protein to raise your blood sugar levels, but without the crash. Some good snack ideas are nuts, vegetables, or whole wheat crackers.