Hey guys, it’s 3 pm and the lunch sleeping pill has started to take effect.
Your eyelids are heavy….again.
Every afternoon it happens. Why? It’s because your blood sugar has dropped. For people without diabetes, that is from the top of the ‘normal’ spectrum to the lower end (below 100).
For someone with out of control blood sugar (pre or full-blown diabetes) that’s from dangerously high to normal, or to dangerously low.
What can you do about it that is safe? Here is 12 things from AskMen.com:
- Drink some water. A glass of water will activate your body and wake up your head as well.
- Eat lunch every day. Your body dips into ready blood sugar reserves to keep you going when you don’t eat regularly. When you get sleepy with no lunch in you, this means you have run out of reserves.
- Take a short break. Stand up and stretch – don’t need to be over the top, with yawn etc., just get up on your feet, shake out your toes and fingers, roll your head. If you can, walk for a couple of minutes. Getting circulation moving wakes you up.
- Move. Work out a gym at lunch. The increased metabolic rate will keep you awake for the afternoon. Failing that, instead of an email to a co-worker, walk over, walk up some stairs – get your blood flowing!
- Work on a different task. Routine leads to boredom. Boredom leads to sleepy. Change it up – do something creative or engaging.
- Interact with coworkers. Strike up a conversation at the copy machine – to someone’s desk rather than email. It will break up the routine (see 5.) and get you moving.
- Take a siesta. 15 minutes of power nap will clear your decks for action.
- Have a snack. As part of your diabetes reversal, this should be raw almonds or raw vegetables, about a palm full will do it, when accompanied by water.
- Splash your face with cold water. Just like a morning shower, this change of sensory input will snap you out of your lethargy.
- Turn down the heat. Warmth brings on naps. If you can’t because of cubical mate complaints, dress lighter.
- Get more natural light. More light keeps you alert. Work where you look out a window. Can’t do that? Use a desk lamp – the closer light source will brighten up colors and keep you engaged in your surroundings.
- Focus on your plans after work. First, make a list of what you have left to accomplish before the end of the work day. Then you can consider what you are going to be up to after work – movie with your honey? Going out with the buds? Giving yourself a time you need to get out of work as well as a list of things to be done before that time will get you out of the sleepy rut you are in.
Is it more than a slump? Get to bed earlier – more sleep at night will give you reserves for the day.
Another issue may be that you don’t want to be at the thing you are doing for work, or it may be an ongoing issue like depression or relationship stress. Assess the situation with an honest eye. Find what you think it may be and take action to change it.
In any case, if you find your energy is leaking away after lunch regularly, you need to get over the reason why it’s happening. It may be that you need to make a lifestyle change – more exercise, or modify your diet to cut out simple carbohydrates that spike you blood sugar and then crash it as your body reacts with excess insulin.
Make the positive changes and you will find that you work better and enjoy what you are doing. Afterwards, you will have more energy for evening social activities