How to Avoid the Afternoon Energy Slump!

You know the routine. You get up every morning tired, so you hit the coffee pot to fully wake up. Then after lunch you hit the dreaded afternoon slump. So, what do you do? Pick up some sugar and add a little caffeine if you’re like most people. The problem is, that is harmful to your health in the long term, and putting a Band-Aid over fatigue you are experiencing isn’t going to help your quality of life, either. So, how can you avoid the afternoon slump and keep your energy going every single day? Here’s how!

Wakey Wakey!

You may not like this, but you have to set your alarm for the same time every day and that means weekends too. Lots of people look forward to sleeping in on the weekends, but the hard truth is that if you make a habit of going to bed and waking up at the same time every day, then you’ll wake up with more energy. People live by something called circadian rhythms, and it’s how your stay in sync during a 24 hour day. If you’re feeling tired in the afternoon the best thing to do is to take a small 10-30 minute nap.

Water Up!

If you start off your day with a big, cool glass of water then it will help you to feel great. All of the cells in your body, that make up all of the systems, which ultimately make up you, need water to work. However, most people seem to walk around chronically dehydrated and that’s no way to stay healthy, not to mention bright-eyed and bushy tailed. So, instead of that soda or coffee, go for water. And add some lemon for some extra vitamin C too.

Just Say No to Caffeine

Ok, this suggestion may not be all that popular either, but if you want to keep your energy up all day then you need to ditch the caffeine. Sure, it helps you to feel stimulated and energized, but it also sets you up for a big crash later in the day. It can also interrupt your sleep since it’s a stimulant, and that will only keep the vicious cycle between being sleep deprived or tired and then having caffeine going. Break the cycle!

Natural Energy Boost

You know where you will get the most energy? From your diet! That’s right, just include some fresh fruit and veggies in your diet every day and you will feel better and more energized. In fact, for breakfast make yourself a green smoothie!

So, that is how you can avoid the dreaded afternoon slump. If you need more guidance talk to your chiropractor!

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