So tired

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    May 21, 2008 7:23 PM GMT
    Hi, it seems everyday at around 2:30 - 3:00pm I become very tired. I am at work and it is slow at this time. I can hardly keep my eyes open. Here is a breakdown of what I eat. For breakfast I have a bowl of cereal and a banana with 1% milk. For snack I have a handful of nuts and maybe and apple. For lunch I have a big salad with Low salt ham, Turkey, egg and sun flower seeds. I put a table spoon of fat free ranch dressing on it. I have 1 can of diet Pepsi. For an afternoon snack I have a non fat yogurt and an apple or some nuts. I drink a couple 8 oz battles of water. What am I doing wrong or what should I be doing? Is there a supplement I could take in the afternoon? I leave work at 5PM. By this time I am so tired I want to go to sleep. It is messing with my workouts. Any advice would help. I have been to the doctor and everything checks out fine.
    I don't sleep well at night. I wake up a lot. I have been checked for sleep apnea and I don't have that.
    Thanks, George
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    May 21, 2008 10:19 PM GMT
    My guess is the diet pepsi. Although they say it has zero calories, the artificial sweeteners still act like carbs in the diet. This is the immediate cause of the slump. The secondary cause is your sleep problems. What are you currently taking and what is your current training like?
  • NYCguy74

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    May 21, 2008 11:31 PM GMT
    Could also be a "caffeine crash" from the diet pepsi in addition to the "carb crash".

    Also try getting your heart rate up at lunch, if you have time go for a brisk 15-20 minute walk. if time and wardrobe allow, maybe a set of pushups. You don't have to go crazy and get all sweaty, just get the blood moving.
  • red_series

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    May 22, 2008 3:47 AM GMT
    Have you checked you adrenal glands? It's something that doctors don't usually test for and, as I understand it, is more commonly addressed by naturaopathic physicians than MD's.

    http://www.drlam.com/a3r_brief_in_doc_format/adrenal_fatigue.cfm
  • UncleverName

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    May 22, 2008 4:18 AM GMT
    My regular response to this would be to reduce the sugar intake in the afternoon (specifically from the yogurt), but if you're still super tired around five, I'm guessing there's more to this.

    I'd go see a doctor and get checked out for whatever you can. It could be an issue of low testosterone, adrenal gland, or something else. It could also be a lack of food. Maybe you're not eating enough? Maybe you're not getting enough carbs? How much exercise are you doing?
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    May 22, 2008 3:43 PM GMT
    Hi guys,
    I am not taking anything for sleep. I tried prescription drugs but found I couldn't wake up in the morning. Most things I have tried make me groggy in the morning. I haven't worked out in a couple months. When I was working out, it was at the YMCA. It was weights 3 times a week and cardio 3 times a week. It is just so crowded that it is hard to get in a good workout. I was working out at home for awhile. I really want to get back but as I said I have no energy. Maybe I will your suggestion of doing light exercise in the afternoon. My doctor has checked everything, except the adrenal glands. Hey red_series, I checked out the site. Thanks! I am going to talk to my doctor about it because I do have a lot of the symptoms.
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    May 22, 2008 3:56 PM GMT
    yeah i don't even know what i'd be like without my rockstar energy drink any more- pretty addicted haha (one of the guys in my fraternity is the campus rep so we all get free cans every day) anyways, doesn't sound like its anything in your diet- one soda isn't enough to offset you that much. could just be the boring tedium of your job- what do you do? try keeping your mind stimulated somehow.
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    May 22, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
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