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Here’s How You Fix That Afternoon Sleepiness

If you feel a little tired in the mid-afternoon, you’re not alone! Most of us feel a little sluggish in the second half of the day since our circadian rhythms send a signal to our brain that it’s naptime. But instead of running down to the cafe to grab a sugary coffee drink loaded with calories, try these strategies to keep yourself going through the afternoon the healthy way!

1. Move!

So it doesn’t need to be a full scale workout, but 20 minutes of walking can get your blood flowing and make you more alert when you return to your desk. If you’ve got a meeting scheduled with a coworker, how about a walking meeting? You’ll both feel more productive when you get back to the office.

2. Go Green

Of course, we always want you to eat more veggies, but we mean Green tea! Sipping on green tea is much better than coffee in the afternoon because it gives you a small energy boost without keeping you awake all night. And green tea is full of antioxidants, helps lower cholesterol, and detoxifies your system.

 

3. Lunch Makeover

What you eat at lunch could definitely affect your energy levels for the rest of the day. Try not to have carb and fat laden lunches, but instead opt for a smaller dishes. And choose a meal with more protein and less carbohydrates to ward off those drowsy eyes. Salads with grilled chicken or a black bean burger are great choices that are healthy and satisfying, too!

4. Don’t Forget Breakfast

How you start your day is definitely going to impact the way your feel the rest of the day, so get a healthy breakfast! Most women should be eating about 300 to 400 calories for breakfast, and most men, about 500. Instead of coffee and half a Danish, try this tasty breakfast bowl, which you can make ahead if you’re in a hurry in the morning. We need carbs, especially in the morning, to boost our concentration levels and keep us on task throughout the day. If you’re in need of more healthy breakfast ideas, we’ve got some healthy ones here! 

 

5. Healthy Snacks

Stay away from having candy or chips from the vending machine in the break room and opt for healthy snacks instead. Get a small bit of carbs like rye crackers with cheese, or some protein-rich snacks like a hard-boiled egg, a can of tuna, or our Nutrition Bars, which have over 10 grams of organic protein. Keeping your body fueled with the right snacks will help you prevent that dreaded drowsiness and make you more alert to tackle the rest of the day!

Doing these small changes throughout the day will help you stay focused and alert without becoming trapped in that sugar and caffeine cycle. Stay healthy and you’ll feel better and avoid that afternoon sleepiness!

 

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Hi! I'm Walt Landi the founder and CEO of Viance Nutrition. Welcome to our Blog. I maintain this Blog as a free resource for anyone wishing to improve their health. Your comments and feedback are always welcomed and you can email me direct at walt@viance.com if you have any suggestions. Thanks. Ps. Spread the word and check out our products at viance.com. :)

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