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Old 02-25-2002, 07:45 AM   #1
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Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

For the past two weeks I've been eating fruit and oatmeal in the morning, usually a big spinach salad with some chicken or tuna for lunch, and some protein and veggies for dinner. If I need a snack I grab a protein bar that's low on carbs. I'm not really "counting" carbs, just trying to eat a healthier diet. I've been walking at lunchtime at work for 40 minutes (very brisk walking). I've been drinking a LOT of water and get about 6.5 -7 hours of sleep a night. I've been keeping a journal, and have noticed that about every afternoon around 2:30-3pm I crash! I get really sleepy and could literally just nod out at my desk. What could be causing this to happen? Oh- I'm 41 and weigh 170 lbs. Need to lose about 25 lbs.
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Old 02-25-2002, 07:48 AM   #2
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Re: Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

Good Question. The same thing happens to me. And I've tried to vary my lunch to see if it helps and it doesn't.

 
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Old 02-25-2002, 08:16 AM   #3
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Re: Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

I'm thinking that maybe since my lunch is mostly "no carbs" that I'm feeling so sleepy b/c I need to have a snack around that "sleepy" time in the afternoon for some energy? What's a healthy energy snack that's not loaded with carbs...OR....is there such a thing as a "healthy" carb snack? I'm trying to say away from sugars. If I have a protein bar...I just don't notice any energy boost from that.

 
Old 02-25-2002, 09:28 AM   #4
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Re: Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

with your lunchtime meal, add something like a serving of rice, or a half of a yam, or 1-2 slices of whole wheat bread. This should give you some more energy, just as your oatmeal from breakfast is finished being digested. Or, instead of getting a nocarb protein bar, get one that is more of a meal replacement w/carbs. I think metrx makes one called the 100g bar or something similar, has protein, some fat, and carbs..

 
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Re: Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

try adding a serving of rice, a slice of whole wheat bread, or half a yam.....in with your lunchtime meal, this will give you the carbs that you need for energy.

whoops, thought the earlier post didnt make it through..<p>[This message has been edited by TheShiftyEyedOne (edited 02-25-2002).]

 
Old 02-25-2002, 09:50 AM   #6
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Re: Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

Drinking tons of water will help the sleepies, too.

Oh, and this is also physiological thing. Your body naturally has a "sleeping" time mid-day. That's why people in England have afternoon tea, for the caffeine boost.

 
Old 02-25-2002, 10:21 AM   #7
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Re: Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

Thanks for the suggestions. TheShiftyEyedOne hit on it I think. Adding a small amount of carbs for lunch just might do the trick. I'll give this a try and see how it goes!

 
Old 02-25-2002, 01:07 PM   #8
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Re: Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

The same thing happens to me - I read somewhere that your peak nap time is about 12 hours after the middle of your night's sleep, give or take an hour or so. Basically, so if I am sleeping from 12am to 630am, my body will want a nap around 3:15.... does that make sense? I think that is why i get tired, because no matter what snack or lunch I do, I get sleepy. I always try to walk around and deliver things or go talk to people in person at about that time so I am not zoning out at my desk!

 
Old 02-25-2002, 01:17 PM   #9
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Re: Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

Could be changes in blood sugar--a dip in the levels following the surge of lunchtime carbs.

I agree with Greentea, water is a major benefit in terms of sustaining normal alertness. In addition, I will consume 2-3 extra tablespoons of sea salt along with lots of water. This seems to do the trick for me.

 
Old 02-26-2002, 10:22 AM   #10
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Re: Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

I have the same thing happen to me and my solution is a trip to dunkin dounuts for tea around two or a 1/2 can of soda just something to boost my energy level it has gotten to the point where i get tea for just about everyone in the offfice it has become kind of a tradition LOL its good to know that im not alone also (i work in a very lax office) we turn the radio up a little bit and that seems to kinda help

 
Old 02-26-2002, 01:36 PM   #11
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Re: Why do I "crash" around 2:30 every day?

I have found that anything with bread at lunch time puts me to sleep in the afternoon. I havent had bread/cereals for around 5 months now (since that memorable day when I zzzed off in a staff meeting!) and havent felt tired in the afternoon at all. I have a more substantial breakfast, usually - still trying to keep the protein high, so eggs, soy sausages or similar. I also have a protein shake or bar for lunch. Also, drink lots of water.

 
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