Yes folks…I have hit mine and it is 2pm. Not surprised. Usually at this time I want my nap. It is programmed into me, hard wired to take a nap in the afternoon. Could it be my Spanish blood? Could it be I have been up since a little after 5am…could but then how do you explain the fatigue when I sleep in on the weekends?
I will be lumbering on down to the breakroom for a quick snack of coffee (yes) and a granola bar and see if that doesn’t kick start the metabolism.
Interesting info on this very issue:
Reason Number One: Blood sugar swings.
There are currently 20 million American’s with type II diabetes. There are an estimated 40 million more with pre-diabetes, otherwise known as glucose intolerance. Millions of people are also dealing with hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, or metabolic syndrome (Syndrome X).
So what do these have to do with feeling sleepy at 3 PM?
The answer is that an amazing number of American’s are losing the healthy function of insulin in the body. Insulin is the hormone that let’s glucose into cells for fuel. It is also a growth hormone and is involved with a multitude of physical operations.
When you eat refined carbs, sugar for instance, your body produces a surge of insulin to match the surge of glucose that has just entered your blood stream. This surge does two things:
- One, the glucose is put into the cells for use.
- Two, the excess glucose that cannot be used is stored as fat in the body. The rapid change of glucose into fat leaves the body needing more immediate fuel. This is the classic sugar roller coaster. You can eat a ton of caloric dense food and be hungry in 20 minutes. After years of this, the body’s ability to manage blood sugar and insulin becomes impaired.
This summarizes the first reason that you become tired at 3 PM, your insulin production needs to be stabilized.
Here’s what doctors and scientists recommend: First of all, get up and move around. It would be best if you can go out of the office and take a short walk, ten minutes should be more than enough. If you can’t leave your office, take the first memo you see and go climb some stairs, the memo being your cover. If you shouldn’t stand up when being at work, open up the window and take slow, deep breaths: inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.
Second, try some amateur aromatherapy. Research shows that scents of orange peel, peppermint or rosemary can have an invigorating effect. You can simply put your favorite oil in a ceramic diffuser, or better yet, get the whole set.
Your last resort in overcoming the afternoon slump is food. With food I don’t mean chocolate, which will give you the instant rush and make you even more tired after a while. I’m telling you to eat some fruit (apple, nectarines, peaches, bananas etc.), or to nibble on some almonds (without added sugar). You could also ring for a delivery of healthy food.
The key here is IMPLEMENTING and CHANGINGyour current lifestyle that may be making your groggy, bitchy…whatever you wish to call this. I know once I get into this mood some might call me bitchy…just kidding but seriously…improving your health and lifestyle will inevitably show itself in your work performance, stamina and zest for better living.