No matter the amount of sleep achieved, the afternoon slump can affect us all. Whether it’s fighting to keep your eyes open at your desk or relying too heavily on coffee to get you through the rest of the day, afternoon crashing is a very real thing.
In a bid to stop it in its tracks, take a look at these handy tips and tricks for kickstarting your energy levels in the early afternoon.
Ensure you get enough sleep
Although afternoon slumps can happen to all, whilst a good sleep routine won’t prevent them from happening altogether, it could go some way to alleviating the symptoms of an afternoon energy crash. Sort a good sleep schedule, getting 8-9 hours night, and you won’t feel as exhausted some afternoon.
Head outside for lunch
One of the main causes of sluggishness in the afternoon can be linked to a lack of sunlight. A good dose of vitamin D can help to prevent the build up of melatonin- the sleep causing hormone. Exposure to light can also realign your circadian rhythms. Your body associates sunlight with wakefulness, so getting outside in the middle of the day will give you an energy boost.
Choose protein rich foods, avoid sleep carbs
Carbohydrate rich dishes tend to release the hormones serotonin and melatonin into our bodies, both of which can make us feel drowsy and sleepy. Opt for energy boosting protein such as hard boiled eggs or peanut butter energy bars in the afternoon keep your energy levels up.
Clean your desk- clear out your emails
If your afternoon exhaustion is making work tricky to achieve, it’s best to simply stop and divert your attention to something less taxing. Give your desk a good tidy, or clean and sort out your emails for around twenty minutes, it will relax your mind whilst still keeping you occupied, you’ll be itching to get back to work by the end of it.
Try using peppermint oil
Peppermint oil is great for reawakening the senses. Rub some into your palms and circle it around your temples, avoiding your eyes of course, for a quick afternoon pick me up! If you don’t have peppermint oil, try brewing some peppermint tea or even just chewing some gum!
Do some simple stretches
Try some simple stretches. If you work from home, maybe grab a yoga mat and stretch out your sore muscles, if you work in an office, there are plenty of stretches you can do from the comfort of your chair. Focus on deep breathing to loosen your muscles.
Grab some dark chocolate
Dark chocolate contains energy boosting magnesium, as well as being rich in anti oxidants and having a little dose of caffeine in it as well. Have a few squares with some peppermint tea in themed afternoon to keep you going til the end of the work day.
Get up as often as you can
Get up and walking as often as you can to help fight the symptoms of afternoon tiredness. Studies show that even small bursts of activity can help to improve your fitness and keep you alert. Even if it’s just volunteering to do the coffee run, heading out for a bit can be a great way to refresh your mind.