It’s 2pm at work, you’ve enjoyed a nice lunch but as you sit at your desk you feel really sleepy and can’t focus. Why is this happening? Surely you should be re-fuelled and refreshed after your lunch break, right?
Coffee and sugar aren't the answer! If you always feel sleepy in the afternoon, don’t worry! Instead of snoozing at your desk or spacing out, there are a few things you can do to make sure your afternoons are just as productive as the morning. Here are a few of our tips!
Are you sleeping enough?
Well this one’s simple enough. If you find your energy levels dropping as the day goes by, you might not be getting enough shut-eye. A good night's sleep is crucial for your wellbeing, and if you’re not catching enough of those golden Z’s, you will feel the effects. Sleep is super important for creativity, problem solving and judgement, so try to get at least seven hours, if not more!
What's for breakfast?
They don’t say it’s one of the most important meals of the day for nothing! Starting your day off with some healthy oatmeal, fruits and wholegrains will keep you fuller for longer and keep you away from unhealthy snacks during the day. The fibre in porridge and natural goodness of fruits will keep your mind sharp and your belly full.
How about lunch?
What you eat for lunch will definitely have an effect on how you feel in the afternoon. If you find yourself feeling sleepy in the hours after your break, you will need to take a look at what you are eating. If you’re putting away giant sandwiches or crusty rolls, you are more likely to feel tired because of the starch and carbohydrates. Instead of heavy, bready foods swap them out for foods such as lean proteins, salads and yogurts.
Do you exercise?
Staying active has a direct effect on your energy levels. The more exercise you do, the more energetic you’ll feel as a result. Humans aren’t built to sit in front of a screen all day, so make sure you’re getting plenty of movement throughout the day. Cycle to work if you can, go for a walk during your break and make the most of your time after the work day is done!
It’s easy to get dehydrated at work without realizing it! Do you drink lots of tea and coffee? These act as diaretics and if you don’t drink water in between you might end up feeling tired. It’s easy to get absorbed in your work and not drink enough water, so make sure you always have a glass of the good stuff on your desk and sip regularly!