It never fails around 2pm I start feeling sluggish to the point that I would be better off taking a nap than working. At times it’s a blessing working from home because I’m occasionally able to fall asleep for a bit, but when I fall asleep during the day I’m left tossing and turning for hours at night. Do you suffer from the same problem? NBC News diet and health editor Madelyn Fernstrom was on the Today show earlier today and mentioned that your energy level really depends on what you’re eating, what time you’re eating and how you’re eating; how much you’re sleeping and the quality of sleep you’re getting and last but certainly not least (especially for me) stress, especially how much stress you’re under and how you manage it.
Do you rely on caffeine as you energy source? According to Madelyn, caffeine is a good source when you feel fatigued, just in small amounts once or twice a day. The best part? It gives “mental alertness”.
Drink water throughout the day, not just when you’re thirsty. “Your body needs a certain water level to function optimally.”
When it comes to food, carbohydrates, such as fruit are great sources of energy. Juice is great as well, “it has fiber, it’s got fluid and it’s something that will give you a burst of glucose increase and increase your blood sugar, so that can be really good.
Nuts, hardboiled eggs, and peanut butter are also great energy sources when fatigue hits you during the day.
How about you? What do you reach for during the day when you feel tired?