Who hasn’t felt the midday low energy slump? If you haven’t you probably know someone who has. Or if you work around others, you’ve heard someone complain about it. To lose energy in the middle of the day and rely on caffeine as your pick me up will get old. But, it doesn’t have to happen that way, you can make a change in the way you live that cal help you fix the midday slumps. So here is our advice on the cure for low energy.
The cure for low energy isn’t a magic pill or a midday cup of extreme coffee. We believe midday low energy hits due to a build up of bad decisions 24-48 hours before that moment. This can be bad sleep, inconsistent/bad nutrition, dehydration, too much time in front of a computer/TV/Smart Phone. Do any of those things sound familiar? Below is a quick list of things to do, or not to do, that can potentially be the cure for low energy in the middle of your day.
- Track your sleep: Many of us believe we get good sleep, but most of the time we go by hours we are in bed to the hour we wake up. So much more happens during our sleep that many of us would never know (maybe your significant other does). How many times do you wake up at night? What is your sleeping heart rate? How often do you toss and turn? All of these factors play a huge role in how we live out the following day.
If you’d like to start tracking your sleep pattern, here is a pretty awesome product I found on Amazon. It gives you a TON of information regarding your sleep pattern. It also allows nutritional tracking and activity tracking.
2. Is your nutrition in check and is it consistent? By consistent we mean, do you eat enough throughout the day? Many people will quickly respond to the question, “Do you eat well” very quickly with yes, but the reality is, they eat like crap. They either drink too much or they like ice cream, sweets and snacks way too much. Be very honest with yourself here. If you eat bad, clean it up. Now consistency. We’ve met a lot of people who eat great, but they only eat 2 or 3 times a day. This can be more detrimental than bad eating. Since your body is not consistently getting the calories in it needs to work, it will story much of the food that is brought into the body. So just because you eat very little, doesn’t mean you are going to lose weight or be skinny. You have to continuously feed the fire (metabolism) in order for it to continue to burn. Do yourself a favor, download the MyFitnessPal app and start tracking your food. I bet you’d be amazed how off your nutrition really is.
3. Back away from the electronic devices: Seriously, stop reading this and go outside. We live in a world….seriously, an entire world full of stuff, yet we have adjusted to living within a universe of social interaction via phones and computers. Trust me, I’m not saying anything is wrong with this, I actually think it’s great. But there has to be a limit. We have to know when to back away. Do you sleep with your smart phone? (Check out this book on breaking the habit of habitually being stuck to your phone: Sleeping with your smart phone) We need to know when enough is enough. When it is time for bed, leave the phones, tablets and computers behind. Bed time is simply that. Time for you to go to bed. Our brain does little work when we are in front of these devices and this is why you can do it without getting too tired. However, when you try reading before bed, you seem to fall asleep a bit faster.
These are just a few of the ways we hope to help you find the cure for low energy. We’ve got to start taking better care of ourselves by sleeping better, eating better, and knowing when enough technology for the day is enough. If you have any advice on this topic, please share it with us in the comments below, thanks!