12 Energy-Boosting Hacks To Help You Avoid Midday Fatigue

We've all experienced that overwhelming exhaustion that rolls in around 2 or 3 p.m., and while midday fatigue may be attributed to low blood sugar or missing your morning coffee, it is most likely due to a disruption in your sleep cycle. We often wake up despite still being tired and by midday our core temperatures begin to drop, which is a signal for the brain to release melatonin — the exact process that our body goes through before bed. Many Mediterranean and tropical cultures structure their days around this by incorporating a midday siesta into their daily schedules; in the United States, we're not quite there yet.

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But your afternoon fatigue is related to more than just a disrupted sleep cycle. What we eat for breakfast and lunch also contributes to our daily energy levels. Refined carbohydrates such as white bread, bagels, and other breakfast pastries have a high glycemic index and are quickly broken down by the body into sugar. They give a quick spike of sugar — then a crash — rather than a steady stream of energy throughout the day.

Though it may seem like that 2 p.m. drowsiness is inevitable, you don't have to suffer. There are plenty of ways to fortify your body with a steady stream of energy that will enable you to power through the day. Eating a breakfast full of fiber rich fruits and complex carbohydrates, drinking water, and chewing gum are all ways to stay clearheaded, alert, and energized.

The next time you feel those eyelids get heavy while sitting at your desk, try these 12 energy-boosting hacks to help you avoid midday fatigue.