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.
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.
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..
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!
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.
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
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.