Does the clock strike 1 and your mind goes off, do you feel the need to reach out to your bed, or mugging up a cup of coffee is the only way to power through the day? Well, you are not alone.
Mid-afternoon energy drop is a very common issue that many people experience. it makes us irritable, interferes with our daily activities, and it’s basically difficult to keep our eyes open and keep our mouth shut with the constant yawning.
But worry not because today we will know how to break this cycle of tiredness and get back to doing our daily work without any hindrance.
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Now before we understand how to prevent this drop of energy in the afternoon, let’s understand the reason behind this fatigue
What is circadian rhythm? Have you heard this term before? Well, it’s our internal body clock that governs our wake and sleeps cycle and usually, our day is divided into two parts according to research, we feel the sleepiest between 2 am to 4 am and closer to that is in the noon, that is between 1 PM to 3 PM and even though this our internal clock, it can be endogenous which means it can be influenced by the environment and other factors.
Lack of daily movement
Considering today’s work-from-home culture and especially since the time COVID has hit us, our lifestyle has become even more sedentary. Most of us have become couch potatoes, we are sitting at the same place, eating at the same place, and constantly staring fixedly at our screens for hours and this does sap our energies.
Besides these factors, other causes like inconsistent sleeping, stress, and physical issues like amnesia can also contribute to our mid-afternoon energy dip. Now, these were the reasons for feeling slumpy during the afternoon, now let’s understand, how to overcome it.
Exposure to sunlight
That’s right! As I mentioned before that our circadian rhythm is endogenous in nature which means it is governed by environmental factors, so at night and when our body temperature drops, we start feeling sleepy, and hence, being exposed to light give our body a wake-up cue. Moreover, lack of sunlight causes the production of a hormone called melatonin which makes us sleepy. So, keep your curtain open and take the dose of vitamin D which is produced by sunlight and be ready to stay more alert and uplifted.
Indulge in an activity
Whether it’s going outside for a walk, shifting your gym training session to afternoon, or solving a quick puzzle, any activity that persuades your brain to focus and become more mindful is a great way to rewire and reset your brain from feeling tired. Besides, these activities are also a great way to unwind from a busy morning or just break the monotony from the mundane tasks.
We all know hydration is super important for our body and it has many benefits, and being alert and energized throughout the day is one of them because every part of our body including our brain needs a constant water supply.
Use the Pomodoro technique
Now if you haven’t heard this term before, you are at the right place because this technique is definitely going to be a game-changer for you. Basically, it’s a time management technique, wherein you are supposed for 25 mins straight without any distraction and then it is followed up by 5 mins of break so what it does to your brain is that, it makes you think that you have earned those 5 minutes of an interval as a reward and this way you stay attentive for 25 mins without any distractions. So when you do this technique while you are feeling low on energy during your secondary gate of sleep, it will trick your brain that you are resting but you would be getting things done by breaking the monotony with every short interval.
So that was about all in this video, however, if your reason for feeling tired is because of anxiety, depression, or PTSD i.e. Post-traumatic stress disorder then we suggest you seek help from a professional.
Other than that, we are pretty sure that these things would help you fight that mid-afternoon energy dip and stay at the peak of your energy all day.
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