Gosh Bri, you mind reader, that slump be hittin' me right now and the office candy bowl full of leftover Halloween candy is chanting my name.
We've all been there. Having some off days or occasional fatigue aint no thing, it's life. But if you're consistently hitting a wall between 2-4p, we need to fix that.
BLOOD SUGAR 101
The term "blood sugar" refers to the concentration of glucose found in our blood. It fluctuates throughout the day, even minute to minute. When we eat, it goes up. When we exercise or go too long without food, it goes down, leading to a fall in energy.
Our core body temperature also changes throughout the day. Between 2-4p our temp drops, which is a signal to the brain to release melatonin (also what happens at bedtime).
All this to say that some drowsiness is not necessarily something to be alarmed about and I’m gonna hit ya with some strategies to combat it. If you consistently feel like dog poop & only coffee can pull you out of it, we may need to focus more on the fundamentals - pay extra attention to #’s 1-3, boo.
WHEN YOU CAN’T SIESTA
1. Improve Sleep
Nail your bedtime routine, wind down better, GET YOUR PHONE OUT OF THE BEDROOM or at least on the other side of the room, and hit a relaxing stretch before bed.
2) Balance Blood Sugar Via Food
Air squats, jumping jacks even a couple no pushup burpees will do the trick.
Keep a water bottle with you and refill at least 3x/day.
Alternate nasal breathing (yep, just what it sounds like - breathe in/out through one nose at a time) OR energetic box breathing such as 1:2:2:1 (inhale 1s, hold 2s, exhale 2s, hold 1s).
Sunshine on your skin/eyelids first thing in the am and/or supplement particularly in winter. If you're inside, find a room with windows & stand for a couple minutes.
Start at #1 & implement ONE element per week. I am 100% confident you will feel like a different human being in six weeks. Whatcha waitin' for?
Note: Chronic fatigue is a different beast than occasional fatigue brought on by treating our bodies like assholes. If you consistently feel like caca and can check off the majority of the above list then it's time to bring in a pro. You may consider pulling labs for vitamin B, D, complete blood count (CBC), and comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) and to NOT self-diagnose via social media (I say this with love, been there I promise).