May 23, 2017
Are you the kind of person who has energy all morning and sails through lunchtime, only to hit a wall a couple hours after you eat? If so, you’re not alone. The 3 p.m. slump is real, and it’s all thanks to a one-two punch of your blood sugar and circadian rhythms. While you may not be able to overcome your craving for a nap entirely, understanding your body will help you deal with the discomfort and figure out ways to power through.
Your circadian rhythms tell your body when to sleep and when to wake. They’re based on the amount of daylight your body receives, so you feel awake when the sun is up and sleepy after it sets. However, scientists have also discovered that the human body has evolved to sleep twice per day, so your natural rhythms are telling you to catch some shut-eye in the afternoon. Unfortunately, what worked for cavemen isn’t very useful in the modern world — especially when your boss expects productivity from 9 to 5.
A few hours after lunch, you’re also likely to experience a dip in your blood sugar. After your body has digested your lunch, you’ll feel a lull in energy, and when this is combined with your body’s natural circadian rhythms, the results can be a powerful urge to curl up and take a nap. It’s no surprise that the siesta was invented, but unless you live in Spain, you’ll need a different way to handle your afternoon sleepiness.
When your energy is at it’s lowest, there are a few things you can do to wake yourself back up. Try these tips for pushing through the yawns and getting back to work:
The next time you feel a yawn coming on after lunch, try one of these three tricks to wake yourself back up. They’re each a healthy way to get energized, and when you find what works for you, you can make it part of your regular afternoon routine.