When Coffee is Not The Cure

Almost everyone loves drinking coffee, but we sometimes drink it to solve a problem it was never meant to fix: the midday slump.
Many times we feel sluggish in the early afternoon and have a proclivity to choose coffee or some other caffeinated beverage, like energy drinks to cure us. If we were to look at the root causes of this afternoon energy slump, we would likely change our ways.

Here are a few reasons we feel sluggish midday and how to combat them.

  1.  You are dehydrated: the afternoon energy slump is most often due to a lack of water. Next time you feel sluggish, drink a glass of water. You will notice that water is extremely effective at making you feel alert and ready for anything! 
  2. You need a nap: when we feel sluggish in the afternoon, it is actually not a bad idea to take a nap. (That’s right!) Just remember the different kinds of naps and how to achieve them: longer naps are best with a blanket and hold off on the coffee until you wake up; short/power naps are best with a cup of coffee beforehand and no blanket (unless there’s no way you’re falling asleep without a blanket) this will ensure that your nap will not be too long, if there ever was a thing. Also, the coffee actually helps you relax and nap easier. BONUS: naps allow the caffeine to be more effective once you do wake up. (This is probably your best choice for solving your midday slump, as coffee is a part of the solution!)
  3. You need to get active after your lunch: I’m going to get a lot of hate mail for this, but we need to be moving more, especially after a meal. It is healthy to take a 20 minute walk after every meal. I know that’s impossible for many people, especially in America, where we seem to not have enough time for anything. But, at least move around a little after eating. For example, go to the kitchen for seconds. I’m joking! 

    I hope this list of midday energy slump cures was helpful! Let me know what you think and what your strategies are to combat the afternoon slump.