When in weight loss surgery recovery, you may find yourself feeling fatigued midday. Many people suffer from what is also known as the “afternoon slump,” “midday doldrums” or the “lunchtime lazies.”
What causes midday fatigue?
Some studies say that our bodies have a natural “clock” that makes us feel sleepy at around 2-3 p.m. Other studies say your body experiences a dip in core temperature in the afternoon — similar to what happens before you go to sleep at night — which tells your brain to release the sleep hormone melatonin.
Internal clock or not; eating habits can compound midday fatigue, making what would have been a slight dip in energy a massive energy crash.
Beating midday fatigue starts first thing in the morning.
If you have a case of the lunchtime ‘lazies’, ask yourself these questions:
- Did I eat breakfast?
- What did I eat for breakfast?
- What did I eat for lunch?
Here are five techniques that you can use to beat midday fatigue and stay motivated throughout the afternoon.
- Eat a nutritious breakfast.
Nutrients and calories in your breakfast are what jumpstart your metabolism and carry you throughout your day. Instead of coffee and a pastry, try an English muffin topped with a scrambled egg and a slice of low-fat cheese or one of these easy, high-protein meals.
- Don’t skip lunch
As well as not skipping lunch, you need to eat the right things during lunch. Topping your salad greens with some diced egg, turkey breast or beans will add high-quality protein to your meal. A carb-protein combo will give you the fuel you need to boost your energy and concentration levels.
Walk or jog up four or five flights of stairs in your office building. It will get your blood pumping and give your brain a break. Anything that gets your muscles moving and makes you breathe a little quicker will help to energize you for the second half of your day.
- Drink water.
Dehydration contributes to a host of modern-day maladies, including persistent fatigue. A slice of lemon, cucumber or mint leaves will add flavor to your water without adding calories.
- Take a nap.
Sometimes you really just do need some rest. Taking cat naps can be a great way to reboot and energize during the day. Be mindful of how long you nap. Length of sleep can affect how you feel — studies have shown about 20 minutes works well, but much longer may cause you to wake up feeling terrible.
If you live in the Melrose or Medford areas in Massachusetts and are considering weight loss surgery as an option for controlling your obesity, come to one of our free weight loss surgery seminars. Hallmark Health System Center for Weight Management and Weight Loss Surgery hosts a free one every month.
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