4 Ways to Wake Yourself Up and Beat the Afternoon Crash
Let's pretend it's 2 p.m. for a moment, shall we? It doesn't matter if you're chugging along at work or running a few last-minute errands, you suddenly start to feel exhausted. You clocked eight good hours of sleep the night before, had your normal caffeine fix, and didn't run a marathon today. So why are you ready to stop what you're doing and take a nap? It's called a mid-afternoon slump, and it's a familiar occurrence for most people.
"The mid-afternoon slump is common for many people and is due to our natural circadian rhythm," explains Marvin Nixon, MS, NBC-HWC, certified health and wellness coach. "The common circadian cycle has the body increasing energy from right before we wake up (that's what wakes us naturally), and then there's the first peak at late morning. The cycle then begins to dip, and generally between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., we hit a slump until our energy naturally rises again to a secondary peak early in the evening. After this secondary peak, our bodies start to give way to 'sleep pressure' soon after dark."
But just because this energy dip is sort of inevitable, it doesn't have to completely derail your day. To help, check out these surprisingly simple ways to wake yourself up when you're feeling a little tired from that mid-afternoon slump.