The post-lunch crash is something we’ve all had to deal with. A full belly and half a day of work behind you is a recipe for “hitting the wall”.
Maybe you’re fine with fighting off these heavy eyelids day-in and day-out, but I’m sure most of us would prefer to avoid them altogether.
Afternoon drowsiness isn’t just a way of life that only coffee can save you from though.
There’s actually a simple, all-natural cure that can leave you feeling even more refreshed than a full-night’s sleep and it may surprise you what it is…
The next time you clock out for lunch, fuel up on food and feel the urge to doze off, GIVE IN.
Listen to your body and charge back up.
Sleep is one of the oldest all-natural cures in the book when it comes to this 12 PM slump.
But if you think noon naps are only reserved for the lazy, think again. Some of the most productive people on the planet were regular nappers.
Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison…
Some of these iconic figures even had nap time built into their busy schedules!
So I don’t think it’s fair to say that opting-in for some midday rest necessarily qualifies as being lazy.
Still, if that’s not enough to convince you, then maybe the science will.
A 2008 British experiment compared a nap, a cup of coffee, and more nighttime sleep to see what would happen to people’s afternoon energy levels and concentration.
Any guesses on which one came out on top?
The nap won by a long shot!
You don’t have to conk out for hours on end either. Sleep expert, Nick Littlehales, says 30 minutes or so of shut eye is all you really need to get yourself back in the game.
You won’t typically enter deep sleep in that time frame, but it’s long enough to leave you feeling mentally refreshed after everything is said and done with.
Why do you think big name companies like Google and Uber extol the virtues of napping in the workplace?
They want their employees ready to work and they understand the positive effects that napping has on the tail end of their shift.
Closing your eyes and shutting down for half an hour is sometimes easier said than done, especially if you’re someone who already has trouble falling asleep as it is.
If that’s the case, then I have just the bio hack you’re looking for!
Drifting off into sleep can be facilitated by something called binaural beats.
It’s as easy as putting on a pair of headphones and listening to an audio track that pumps one frequency or tone in one ear and a different frequency or tone into the other.
There are countless binaural beats that you have at your disposal and you can find them just about anywhere on the internet.
Just know that overcoming the lunchtime lull via napping can work wonders for your overall attentiveness and productivity throughout the remainder of the day.
All it takes is hitting the hay for 30 minutes and there’s no shame in using binaural beats to help give your body the rest it needs.