5 Ways To Avoid The Afternoon Slump
Do you find yourself losing momentum in the afternoon, especially after lunch? According to the National Sleep Foundation, our bodies urge to curl up and fall asleep can become rather strong between 1-3pm, which can can result in a loss of enthusiasm and productivity.
Luckily, there are a few ways in which we can greatly reduce the urge to knock out some Zzzzs with the following tips:
1. Eat a healthy, and hearty breakfast
I personally struggle with this one the most, especially if I’m up at 6am as food is the LAST thing I want. But having a good healthy breakfast that keeps you full for a good few hours really does make such a difference to the rest of your day. It reduces the temptation to reach for a quick and unhealthy snack mid-morning, which in turn leads to a sugar spike and then the inevitable ‘crash’, leaving you feeling utterly crap.
I’m a fan of veggie sausages and beans on wholemeal toast with a splash of Tabasco (that stuff really wakes you up!) but if you need some inspiration for super tasty, healthy breakfast recipes, click HERE.
2. Don’t load up on the carbs at lunch
So, you’ve had a healthy breakfast, you haven’t raided the biscuit tin and you’re feeling great! So what do you do now? Have a massive spag bol for lunch of course. Not!
Loading up on the carbs, again will cause a spike in your blood sugar and then lead to you feeling groggy, sluggish and generally hating the world (at least that’s how I usually feel after a carb-fest).
Instead, keep to high quality protein and veg to see you to the end of the day and still feeling energised.
3. Get some fresh air
Whether you’re home-based or you work in an office, getting even just ten mins of fresh air at lunchtime can make you feel less sluggish, as you’ll be helping to reset your internal clock and the sheer change of scenery can make a difference to your day.
4. Get up from your desk regularly
Sitting for hours on end at your desk isn’t only bad for your sluggishness but it can have an adverse impact on your health too, especially your back!
Try to get away at least once an hour (even if its just a trip to the bathroom!) to get your blood flowing and give your mind and body a little reset.
5. Stay hydrated
It can be easy to forget to drink water when your spending your day typing away, but keep a big bottle of water right next you and you’ll soon get into the habit of ‘auto-sipping’ regularly!
Dehydration is a massive cause of tiredness but rather than reaching for the trusty tap for some good old H20, many of us will choose tea or coffee to stay alert, which is counteractive due to its diuretic effects.