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How to Deal With Post-Lunch Slump

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1. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
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A good night’s sleep is key not just to avoid drowsiness, but also to stave off the urge for that nap after lunch and to get back to being your usual alert self, quickly and effectively. Sleeping on a comfortable bed in the best possible position with minimum noise –for at least 6-7 hours is what makes an alert and productive employee, even after lunch.

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Beginning at two in the afternoon, there’s an insidious evil that affects most offices, plummeting productivity and enraging bosses alike. What am I talking about so dramatically? The much-dreaded, unavoidable and often disastrous (in case your boss catches you) post-lunch snooze.

See Also: Why Your Boss Wants You to Sleep on the Job

Why do you have a post-lunch slump?

Why me? Why now? Why can’t I stay awake? Whyyy, zzzzzz… The answer to all these questions is two-sided, meaning it includes both internal factors and external ones.

  1. External factors are pretty simple to deduce – too little sleep, fatigue, an unhealthy diet or breakfast, too much booze and yes, even a little too much action between the sheets the night before. Simply said, if you haven’t had enough beauty sleep, for whichever reason, enjoyable or not, you will be found snoring on your desk the next day.
  2. The internal factors are a tad tricky – noon time is when your body’s circadian rhythm and a physiological drive called homeostasis coincide, thus literally demanding you go to sleep immediately! The circadian rhythm is a 24-hour cycle of your body clock and it dips and rises (think much like tides) between 2:00-4:00 am and unfortunately, the same time at afternoon. Thus the omigod-i-can’t-stay-awake-syndrome. The other killer is homeostasis – a physiological demand of the body that simply kicks in after hours of wakefulness, demanding sleep. So in essence, the earlier you wake up, the more pressing the need for a noon snooze.

See Also: Top 5 Companies to Work for if You Enjoy Napping

So how do you combat the need of a nap? 

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