Wednesday may be hump day, but many of us experience a midday slump most days of the week. You know what I'm talking about: That time when your coffee wears off, when the minutes seem to move slower, and you could probably fall asleep while sitting at your desk, or even standing up. You've probably wondered many a time how to not be tired at work, because it sometimes feels like a herculean task.
"Many times, we experience fatigue because of a drop in our blood sugar or from general fatigue as related to our circadian rhythms (aka, medical speak for body's clock). There is a natural time where our body's temperature levels change, and around mid day we sometimes experience this, which can in turn lead to sleepiness," Dr. Shilpi Agarwal, a board-certified physician and author, tells Bustle.
Furthermore, Dr. Will Cole, a functional medicine practitioner, says that midday fatigue can be "due to a condition known as adrenal fatigue, which happens when there is an imbalance with your body's stress hormone, cortisol." He explains that, "in a healthy individual, cortisol starts high in the morning and slowly tapers off throughout the day. But in adrenal fatigue, cortisol is high when it should be low, low when it should be high, and generally just all over the place."
While an afternoon coffee run my seem like the quickest fix to your midday fatigue, Dr. Agarwal says to "Avoid over caffeinating because you feel tired. Although that afternoon latte sounds great, it usually interferes with sleep later on, and has a lot of sugar. If you are looking for something similar, go with decaf and try the non-sugary options."
Luckily, if you tend to get tired while you're stuck in the office, or if you have several hours on your shift left to go, you're not out of luck. Here are seven small things to try midday if you're feeling low energy.