If you’re someone who can’t think about anything other than a nap following lunchtime, you’re not alone. It’s pretty common to feel a little drained in the afternoon. But why is that?
It can be for a myriad of reasons. Maybe you skipped out on breakfast. Maybe you had more than two cups of coffee (a caffeine high can also cause your body to crash in a matter of hours). If you’re used to eating a high-carb lunch, that can also cause your blood sugar to spike and then plummet. Sitting still for long periods of time and/or being dehydrated may also be the issue. Or, it could be related to changes in your body temperature.
For all of these scenarios, there are things that you can do to give your body a bit of an energy boost. If a 15-20 minute power nap is an impossibility, try one of these seven other options. If you combine a couple of them, they’ll be just what you need to get you over that early afternoon slump.
Eat Less Carbs
If you’re having a fast-food lunch, you’re basically begging to be sleepy in less than an hour. Sugary and 'anything-that’s-white' kinds of foods are the type of carbs that you should avoid. They get your blood sugar levels charged up for the moment, but it doesn’t last long. Bad carbs not only zap your energy but can affect your memory and levels of concentration which can mess up your productivity too. It's best to avoid 'em.
Snack On Chia Seeds
Want a gluten-free kind of snack? When’s the last time you had some chia seeds? They’re high in fiber, calcium and magnesium. They’re also a good source of protein. They’ll give you the antioxidants that you need to fight off free radicals, enough omega-3 oils to reduce stress and studies prove that they can increase endurance too. That’s why a lot of athletes eat them before working out.
Chew Some Gum
The next time that you put a piece of chewing gum into your mouth, take a moment to think about all of the good that it’s doing you. It burns calories (not a ton, but some), suppresses your appetite, helps to keep tooth decay and bad breath at bay (because it produces saliva), and it’s also super-refreshing (especially if you go with a minty flavor). During your lulls at work, a piece of gum can wake you right on up.
Drink More Water
Did you know that when you don’t have enough water in your system, one of the first signs is that you’ll start feeling tired? Your body needs to be replenished with fluids on a consistent basis. Make sure you have a cup or bottle of water close by at all times.
Try Some Peppermint Oil
Peppermint oil can do all sorts of good things for your health. It can help to relieve hay fever symptoms, soothe respiratory problems and headaches, decrease stress and increase alertness. Also, since it’s the kind of oil that releases oxygen to the brain, it can help to stimulate you too.
Inhale the oil a couple of times, directly from the bottle. Or you can dab some on each of your wrists. You should feel the effects in a matter of moments.
Drink Rooibos Tea
When’s the last time you had a cup of rooibos tea? It’s packed with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It aids in digestion. Some studies indicate that it can also relief diabetes symptoms and help to prevent cancer. Rooibos tea also contains compounds that will help you to burn belly fat, develop strong bones and, thanks to the bioflavonoids in it, treat allergy symptoms too. And yep, it can also give you dose of energy. The antioxidant in it known as aspalathin helps to regulate your adrenal hormones so that you’ll feel rejuvenated.
Have Some (Morning) Sex
You might not have seen this one coming, but it makes the list! Morning sex is one of the best (and most fun) ways to stay energized throughout the day! It brings blood and oxygen to your brain, produces oxytocin to put you in a good mood and it can decrease any stress you might be feeling.
If you can get away during your lunch period for a little quality time, even better! Could there be any better substitute for your favorite cup of java than this?!