The “afternoon sleepies” have been hitting me hard lately! After a tasty lunch, my motivation is zapped and all I can think about is taking a nap! I usually reach for a Diet Coke (I know – terrible habit!), but had to start trying some healthier solutions.
If your afternoon sleepiness is accompanied by muscle cramps, it may be due to a vitamin deficiency. Look for foods rich in iron and magnesium, and consider starting your day with a multivitamin.
Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water! When you’re thirsty, you’re heart has to work harder to pump blood – leaving you feel exhausted and sluggish. Check out these 23 tips for reminding yourself to drink water throughout the day.
Avoid the caffeine quick fix – coffee and soda will leave you dehydrated and feeling even sleepier later in the day. Plus, if you drink coffee in the afternoon, it could make it harder to fall asleep – and that’s the last thing you want!
Avoid reaching for candy and other treats for a pick-me-up. They’ll just spike your blood sugar, leaving you exhausted after a short sugar high.
Instead of candy, chew a stick of gum! Studies show that it improves attentiveness and concentration.
While you’re working, take a minute to check your posture and see if you might be clenching your jaw. Release any tension, roll your shoulders in big circles, and take a few deep breathes. The tension you put on your body during the work day isn’t doing any good! Check out this post for some more tips on meditation.
Multitasking may be tempting, but when you’re feeling tired, just stick to one task at a time. When you’re sleepy, you’re more likely to become frazzled, confused and frustrated.
Being overweight can make you feel more fatigued, so check out these ideas for being more active, or learn how to do a CrossFit workout from home!
Eat filling, healthy meals for lunch and dinner. Look for fiber, whole grains, and proteins to leave you feeling satisfied and not craving treats! Here are a few healthy snack and meal ideas:
- Rainbow Stir Fry
- 28 Snacks Under 200 Calories
- Apple Nachos
- Healthy Taco Casserole
- Mashed “Potatoes” made with Cauliflower
- Super Salsa
- Kale Chips
How do you fight afternoon sleepiness?