The second half of the day in the office can be a really bad time especially if you have important work or meetings lined up and you feel drowsy after having lunch which doesn’t let you concentrate on the work at hand. People with a mundane lifestyle are more prone to having lifestyle-related diseases because of the pattern in which they spend their day.
The phenomenon of feeling sluggish post noon is called as ‘postprandial somnolence’ or the ‘post-lunch dip’. The cause of such a phenomenon is a sudden change in blood sugar levels.
When we consume food rich in sugar or starch it creates a spike in insulin to break down the amount of blood sugar levels. This spike is the reason for not feeling energized post-lunch on the task at hand.
Some of the ways you can fight sluggishness are listed below:
- Small meal is a key to stay energized and also helps to speed up your metabolism. And who knows, you might lose a few kilos because of this as it helps to reduce the sudden spike.
- Foods like pasta and rice are rich in carbohydrates and tryptophan-rich foods like eggs and cheese may lead to an increase in the insulin levels, so it’s better to avoid such diet.
- More complex carbs such as buckwheat, quinoa or brown rice or non-creamy soups are great options if you are ordering your lunch as it helps to reduce sluggishness.
- Caffeine can be very effective if taken in moderate quantity and can help you stay on your toe, options such as green tea or matcha is what you need. It’s a good substitute as it contains L-theanine, an amino acid that reduces heart rate and blood pressure, resulting in quiet, slow-release energy that can help you to stay active throughout the day.