Does afternoon slump, post-lunch dip, or midday crash sound familiar? Call it what you will, it’s a cycle that affects most of us to varying degrees.
Perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised. Researchers from the Work and Health Research Centre at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom found that during a typical work-week, office workers spend on average five hours and 41 minutes per day sitting at their desk.
Dr. Dylan Wint, director of education in neurodegeneration at the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, proposes five tips to avoid the dreaded afternoon doldrums, as follows:
1. Don’t work through lunch – taking a break will give your brain a little boost.
2. Work on a good sleep routine – a restless night can have you feeling tired by mid-afternoon.
3. Don’t skip meals – make sure your brain gets a good balance of carbs and protein.
4. Take a nap – closing your eyes for 30 minutes can help you feel more alert and attentive.
5. Go for a pick me up– when consumed moderately, caffeine can be a friend rather than a foe.
If drinking something warm in the afternoon isn’t your cup of tea and leaves you feeling more soothed than energized, cold beverages such as Red Bull are suggested as a more refreshing option while offering the same functional benefits.