I get sleepy every day after lunch. What do you do to stay productive throughout the late afternoon, or when your body is tired but you need to work?

  • Caffeine. :P ....... – Trish Ling Mar 20 '15 at 19:59
  • Can't post an answer, its on hold - but don't eat carbs at lunchtime, leave out breads and the like. Human blood pressure naturally falls roughly between 2-4 in the afternoon, often being at its lowest around 3 pm - that's why you feel tired, and if you've eaten carbs such as bread, or high sugar food, that makes it worse. Eat vegetation and protein for lunch instead to try to avoid the 'post lunch dip' condition. – Bamboo Mar 21 '15 at 11:27
  • @Mooseman - this question doesn't require a 'mindhack' at all so shouldn't be put on hold for that reason, the problem's caused by the body's physiology, not psychology. – Bamboo Mar 21 '15 at 11:30
  • @Bamboo: Mind Hacks extends beyond just psychology questions. From the close reason "Questions dealing with personal productivity and self-improvement tips". This question falls under the scope of the quoted section, which is why it was closed as off-topic. – Wipqozn Mar 23 '15 at 10:29

I think many people, after their midday meal, tend to sit still afterwards to "digest". This can cause sleepiness.

If you have extra time on your lunch break after finishing your food, take a walk. Whether it's around the building, or outside for some fresh air, moving around a bit can do you a world of good. You could even get up and stretch your legs anytime you start to feel your brain shutting down (i.e. sleepy).

Common practice in some Asian countries (Taiwan, at least) since lunch breaks tend to be longer there, is to take a short nap after lunch. Literally, lay your head on your desk and nap. I suppose this can help to restore some energy and get rid of sleepiness. Never really picked up the habit while I was there.

Lastly, though my comment was joking in nature, caffeine might actually be a doable option. Coffee, soda, whatever. It may give you just what you need.

  • Also, just stand up in your work area and stretch/move around a little. Anything to help get the blood flowing a little bit will help wake you up. – Coder-guy Mar 20 '15 at 21:14
  • I will definitely try a quick walk, maybe some jumping jacks after lunch. Thanks! – gannawag Mar 21 '15 at 12:55
  • +1 for the walk. What you eat, and also how much you eat, is very important too. Of course you still need to eat enough, which depends on your activity and is different for everyone, but I don't think sitting at a desk requires as much as what industry considers a "regular" serving. While coffee helps some people, I would advise against soda (with sugar) which isn't very effective (or not at all) and has a lot of undesirable effects on the long term. You already have plenty of sugar in most foods, even those were none was artificially added, and you can produce it from fat if needed. – youen Sep 9 '17 at 17:52

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