Having Afternoon Fatigue? Best Tips To Help!

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Practical Steps You Can Take

Of course, we don’t live in a prehistoric world where people don’t have schedules to keep. In a world of 9-5 jobs and commutes, modern people resort to stimulants and sugary, high-carb foods to keep them on their feet. Ironically, these practices may actually be exacerbating the afternoon tiredness problem they are intended to solve.

First of all, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. The average person needs 6-8 hours each night. Insomnia can ruin your quality of life and your performance at work or school, and it is imperative that you deal with this problem if it applies to you.

The next step is to reduce the amounts of simple carbs and refined sugars in your diet, especially in the morning. These foods create spikes in blood sugar levels which cause an initial increase in energy followed by a crash. In order to recuperate, people often simply eat more of these foods, and the cycle repeats. This sugar/carb energy spike and crash cycle makes the midafternoon energy dip far worse than it normally would be.

Caffeine does work, and for most people the pros outweigh the cons. But it is worth noting that the body does not actually NEED this drug. Many people who quit caffeine altogether report experiencing a more stable, balanced level of energy throughout the day once their body has adjusted. If you’re sensitive to caffeine, you may wish to experiment with this.

Lastly, if it is an “off day” for you, why not just go ahead and take a nap? Sometimes a 20-minute nap is all it takes to fully recharge your batteries. A lot can be said for simply listening to your body’s signals instead of fighting them.

 

READ ALSO: 12 Super Foods that Fight Fatigue and Win!

 

Get a proper amount of sleep and and make these simple changes to your lifestyle and diet, and in no time at all, your debilitating afternoon fatigue will be a thing of the past.

References:

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

www.sleepcenter.ucla.edu

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