When two or three o’clock rolls around, it’s probably safe to assume that more than half of the population is in the grip of their own personal afternoon crash. Everyone, at some point, experiences this trance-like state; some worse than others. It strikes with absolute impunity, seemingly from nowhere, leaving us with little control over its symptoms.
Once the fog has enveloped us, it’s very difficult to concentrate, focus, or even retain anything we just heard. I can remember looking at my co-workers while they were talking to me, nodding my head as if I was listening… hoping there’s no task being described that I’m supposed to do.
If this sounds familiar, don’t worry; you’ve got a lot of company. The Mexicans didn’t invent the siesta for nothing. The need to close our eyes and check out during the day is not just in our heads. There are solid physiological reasons behind this phenomena.
But we don’t have to be a slave to this syndrome either. There are some things we can do to reduce or even eliminate those afternoon slumps. Here are 10 things you can do to help rid yourself, once and for all, of the afternoon zzzzzzz’s.
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Stay Hydrated: Chronic low-grade dehydration and electrolyte imbalances also cause chronic fatigue. Low electrolytes and lack of fluids frequently work hand in hand, so be sure you are drinking plenty of water while replacing electrolytes.
Eat Small Frequent Meals: Large meals require energy to digest, while throwing our blood sugar levels out of whack. Try consuming a small, healthy meal every 2 1/2 to 3 hours, eating 4-6 times per day.
Try Low Glycemic Carbs: Simple carbohydrates are also high glycemic and burn faster, leaving you with a crash afterwards. Substitute these fast-burning sugars for better quality carbohydrates.
Flush Your Lymphatic System: Our lymphatic system contributes to our energy levels and our cognitive performance. Try flushing the toxins out by drinking a full liter of water within 2 to 3 minutes. An interesting technique, but you have to drink at least one liter, quickly.
Eat A Smaller Lunch: Can’t handle 6 small meals a day? At least eat a smaller lunch with zero simple carbs. The Hawaiians have a word for sleepiness caused by a big meal: “kanak attack”. Try having a salad instead of french fries.
Take Mini Exercise Breaks: Every hour or so, especially as you approach the afternoon, get up and take a quick walk… anywhere. Increased circulation, fresh air, and 5 minutes of exercise could do the trick.
Try Meditation: Transcendental Meditation practitioners swear by it. Maybe taking 20 minutes out of your lunch or afternoon to meditate will work for you too.
Vitamins and Minerals: Nutritional deficiencies cause weakness and fatigue in millions of people every day. No matter what works for you, eating healthy meals and supplementing it with vitamins and materials is a no-brainer.
Don’t Worry, Be Happy: Stop letting the little things bother you more than they should. Stress is a killer, and robs us of our energy over time. Try dealing with negativity differently so that you can spend more time focused on things that really matter. After all, it’s just life.
Do A Toxic Flush: Our bodies are bombarded with impurities, from the air we breathe, to the foods we eat. These toxins, over time, can build up within our systems, leaving us tired all the time and setting the stage for disease and illness. A healthy detoxification, followed up with some of the other suggestions on this list, could be the answer for you.
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