You wake up in the morning, raring to go to your office or school and get right to work. Lunch time comes along and you eat what you consider a healthy meal. But an hour or so later, your energy starts waning and all you want to do is take a nap. What exactly causes the afternoon blahs?
Sleep experts are of the opinion that it is a natural response to our body’s rhythm. Our core temperature drops, which signals our brain to release melatonin, a hormone responsible for regulating our sleep and wake cycles. This explains our need for siestas or cat naps. But this is only one reason. The other has something to do with what you eat or do not eat.
Did you eat a good breakfast? Coffee alone does not count! Include cereal with skim milk and fresh fruit. Or bread with peanut butter. Eggs and rice will also work. The point is that you need carbohydrates to get you going. For lunch, people make the mistake of skipping it or just grabbing a fruit or salad. Your afternoon slump will progressively get worse. It is important that you include protein in your lunch such as chicken or fish.
Make sure to control the fat content as they take longer to digest and will sit in your stomach for a long period of time. When your stomach is full, you tend to feel sluggish. Resist the temptation to munch on sugary foods such as chocolate bars, candies, or high sugar fruit juices. Stick with fresh fruits, nuts, or whole wheat crackers and make sure you are well hydrated with water. Aside from eating properly, take a walk, get your blood pumping, and make sure you are in a very well-lighted place.