World Sleep Day: Five tips to make sure you don’t feel sleepy at work

Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
Apr 05, 2017 08:08 AM IST

Here’s all you need to know and do to avoid feeling sleepy and lethargic after lunch at work.

The hardest task at the office is not working but keeping the drowsiness away once you’ve had your lunch. Most of us find ourselves yawning, craving for a cozy quick afternoon nap after lunch but can’t do anything about it because we are at work.Therefore, it’s imperative that we stay active and energetic at work, especially after lunch.

Do you feel sleepy at work? Here is how you can prevent it.
Do you feel sleepy at work? Here is how you can prevent it.

Because World Sleep Day falls on Friday, March 17, here is how you can keep drowsiness at bay while working.

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1)Late night sleep: One usually tends to feel sleepy when they don’t get proper sleep in the night. If you want to avoid post-lunch drowsiness, make sure that you get minimum of 8 hours of sleep at night. If you have taken proper rest, you’ll have enough energy level to last throughout the day.

2)Limit sugar and fat: If you want to avoid an energy crash and an onset of sleep post lunch at work, limit your consumption of sugar and fat. Sugar initially gives you an energy rush, but it quickly wears off and leaves you rather tired. Opt for fresh fruits, if you have sugar cravings.

3)Opt for Iron: Opt for foods rich in iron, protein and carbohydrates. Iron allows the body to produce haemoglobin, which carries oxygen throughout the body and increases the energy levels. Carbs provides a healthy source of glucose to increase energy levels.

“ Opt for green tea or coconut water to boost your metabolism after lunch. The antioxidants present in green tea help to stay you active as well”
says Tripti Tandon, nutritionist

4)Avoid overeating:It’s preferable to have medium to small portion of meals at regular intervals. Opting for a heavy meal for lunch will leave tired and sleepy as it takes time to digest. Having meals in portions helps to control sugar levels also.

5)Walk it off: After 20-25 minutes of having your lunch go for a small walk. Climb the stairs in the office. You can also do breathing exercises to boost metabolism. This is will help to digest the meals faster and keep you active post lunch.

6)Hydration: If you are dehydrated, then you are going to feel drowsy the entire day at work. Body requires water to maintain energy levels therefore drink water at regular intervals at work.

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