Midday energy crash

  • manpit209

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    Feb 09, 2011 10:54 PM GMT
    I usually have decent amount of energy during the morning but hit a major slump at around 2-3pm. That's when I need to get some tea or anything to get energy. I'm a late owl so I usually have energy in the afternoon/evening. Do you guys this energy slump? How do you get pass it? Is having caffeine the only way? I try to stay away from caffeine if I can. Thanks for any feedback!
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    Feb 10, 2011 12:09 AM GMT
    This is generally how human work. You are at your peak hours of work productivity between 7am-12pm. Everything is downhill after that. Either take a short nap, eat, or drink water, otherwise just keep moving.

    Start sleeping early and wake up early. Although enough research has not been done to ascribe time of day to fine motor control, physiological tests describe that short term memory, heart recovery tests, and long-term exercise performance are best during the morning. However, flexibility and muscle strength as well as short-term exercise output increases during the evening close to the maximum body temperature. I exercise for a couple of minutes, just run up and down stairs or something when I get tired. Also not sitting down helps me to not be lethargic, but I almost never get to sit down.
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    Feb 10, 2011 12:28 AM GMT
    You may just be naturally running out of energy, lots of people will by mid-afternoon, quite normal. Do you know that General George C. Marshall, US Army Chief of Staff during WWII, used to send his office home around 4 PM each day (at least until the war broke)? Quite different from today's Army. He said: "A man isn't worth a damn after 4 PM." One of my personal heroes. But there may be this:

    Caffeine and/or sugar in the morning gives you a peak. Then you fall into a valley as they wear off. Another thing to consider is having not enough lunch to ward off the post morning "crash," or else too much to eat at lunch, making you naturally sleepy.

    Try this: drink some decaf, so you'll satisfy that morning cup routine. Or if you're having 2 or more cups, try just 1 of regular. And avoid donuts & pastries, eat something without sugar. Then have a light but healthy lunch, maybe just a small sandwich with some protein & carbs, perhaps a small cup of soup, but no regular cola or any sugary & caffeinated drink.

    Work these variables, and see what happens. You may feel less perky in the morning without as much caffeine & sugar, but also less droopy by 2. Your energy levels will remain more constant, with fewer peaks & valleys. And your sleep patterns will improve in many cases, too. Which is another reason you may be fading by midday, if you aren't sleeping well.
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    Feb 10, 2011 1:51 AM GMT
    I think lifestyle modifications (sufficient sleep, exercise, healthy diet, de-stressing, etc.) are the best place to start. I have tried this product before but did not really feel a difference:

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    Feb 10, 2011 1:59 AM GMT
    Oddly enough, I find that if I don't have lunch, I don't have that mid-afternoon slump. Take from that what you will. It's not for everyone.