Help for the Afternoon Slump

Many of us find that we get a little tired in the afternoon. This may be caused by any number of things:

  • Thyroid issues
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • A baby who kept you up all night

It doesn’t much matter what the causes is when you hit that slump. The easiest thing to do is reach for coffee or sugar to give you a little extra pep. Those solutions are temporary at best and can have adverse effects, such as weight gain or an inability to fall asleep at night. There are other options that you can choose from.

  1. Exercise

    Moving your body is a great way to wake up. This can be an afternoon workout session or just an impromptu dance party with the kids. Even a couple of toe touches and twists at work will have a reviving effect.

  2. A Healthy Snack

    While chocolate might be momentarily satisfying, the effects are short-lived and the sugar fix is likely to cause more cravings. Try supplementing a small piece of dark chocolate with some protein and fiber. Great snacks include: apple and nut butter, cheese and carrot or tuna and avocado. The protein will stabilize your blood sugar for more lasting results.

  3. Take a Nap

    If possible lay down for 15-20 minutes, your body may be trying to tell you something.

These strategies will help you get through the hours until dinner and the blessed beginnings of the bedtime routine. However, if you experience fatigue every afternoon you will may want to look at medical issues (see above) or your schedule. Going to bed and getting up at the same time every day will help you feel more rested overall and may eliminate this afternoon desire for a nap. You can find suggestions for getting to sleep here.

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