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Getting Rid of Afternoon Lethargy

Updated on November 12, 2014

Ever Feel That Afternoon Slump in Energy and Motivation?

Every afternoon between about 1:00 PM and 3:00 PM, millions of people start to feel sluggish and sleepy. Concentration on the job becomes more difficult and the desire to just lie down and take a nap is overwhelming.

What is this? What happens at that time of day that almost always makes us so lethargic? More importantly, what can be done about it? Mid-afternoon sluggishness is known as the post-lunch dip and it’s a function of our biological clock.

We naturally feel sleepy at two times during each 24-hour period – 2:00 AM and 2:00 PM. The afternoon dip can be made worse by consuming lots of carbohydrates at lunchtime. This dip can make a person very lethargic for a period in the afternoon, and it usually clears up at about 3:00 PM, when the body comes out of its dip naturally.

If you’ve ever suffered from the afternoon slump in energy and motivation, read the following tips. They’ll help you feel better each day and you’ll be able to get more done!

Tip #1 – Browse the Internet By Stumbling Upon Interesting Sites

During your afternoon slump, it’s good to allow yourself a bit of a break until your energy reappears (and it will). If you’re able to, it helps to allow yourself to do some web surfing. This might seem lazy and unproductive, but if you’re visiting sites of interest, where you can actually learn some pretty neat stuff, it can turn out to be very productive.

You can surf the ‘net either on your own, just reading news pages or going to sites you already know and like, or you can surf with the assistance of some good “helper” sites that actually find interesting domains to check out for you (StumbleUpon is a good one).

Often these sites gather their information from the best source, which is the viewing public, who either recommend or vote for interesting sites to be included, or are suggested for review by the site’s owner. Either way, you can find some good places to visit while you wait for your afternoon slump to disappear and your energy to return.

Tip #2 – Down an Energy Juice!

If you’re in the middle of an afternoon energy slump and you just don’t feel like doing anything except putting your head on your desk and taking a nap, it’s time to chug an energy juice drink! Often, the only thing your body needs to snap itself back into action is a kick-start from within.

RioVida is a nutritional drink that’s made from 100% pure juices. Full of antioxidants and nutrients, it wakes up your body and gives your immune system a boot as a bonus. It’s amazing how doing something as simple a consuming a really healthy juice can help.More than just a juice though, is that RioVida contains a mysterious new thing.A molecule isolated from the active hearts of both Bovine colostrum and Hen Egg Yolks.This makes it several steps ahead or above a mere energy drink. 

With a composite of essential fatty acids, RioVida (translated – The River of Life) revives your energy reserves and gives you the boost that you need to restart your day and finish on a productive note and it’s far healthier than the dangerous version of soda-like energy drinks that are on store shelves today.

Healthy, tasty, energy replenishing, and good for your immune system - this is a juice drink that has everything you could ask for and leaves you genuinely refreshed. The next time you have a personal energy crisis, down an energy juice instead of coffee. You’ll be happy with the results!

Tip #3 – Write a Book!

Don’t waste your mid-afternoon energy slump by napping or sitting and staring into space - write that book that’s been waiting to come out of you! You’ve always thought you should, but you’ve never gotten around to it.

There’s not enough time, or maybe you don’t think you have the talent. But you do have the time (it’s right there during your energy slump), and you can learn to write with the best of them since writing is a skill you learn, not something you’re born with. If you’re wondering if you have the talent, or the means, or the marketing ability to write a book and actually sell it, you need to take a look at the tools that are out there for aspiring writers and get to work. If you take a bit of time to learn the “how to” of writing a book and the finer points of getting it published, you’ve got it made. Everyone has a story. Everyone has an imagination. Take the time you’ve been wasting and use it to write your story, or the story you’ve been dreaming up for a fictional masterpiece. There’s no reason to hesitate, just check out the resources that are available to you as a budding author and get started!

What Do You Do to Combat Afternoon Lethargy?

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    • Barry Wah Lee profile image

      Barry Wah Lee 3 years ago from Auckland

      How is everyone going ALL IN is the way to go. Try everything.

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      Hunter 5 years ago

      If you're lethargic mid-day, it's most likely not your biological clock.. it's your diet. The problem with people's diets in modern times is the amount of junk we eat-- even when we think we arent eating junk. A prime example would be chicken breasts. If you want chicken breasts, you typically go to the grocer and buy what's available. There are tons of pesticides, growth horomones, antibiotics, and JUNK in things like this. Even fruits and veggies are loaded down with this bunk. All of these things make you tired, and you WILL perform (and phyically look) less than optimum. This is largely the reason disease and bodily inflammation is so rampid in today's times, in my personal opinion. So, people tend to turn to coffee as a boost. Coffee is generally healthy (black), but the problem here is that coffee gives your adrenal glands a fake sense of alterness that will eventually cause your adrenal system to "forget" how to make itself alert on its own power (with heavy coffee abuse)(I love coffee, don't hate me for saying this!) . SO a good solution is to 1.) forget fast food exists altogether. Good Lord, don't even eat that crap. It is NOT food. 2.) buy free range, organic chicken, grass fed beef, grass fed butter, organic veggies, frutis, etc. .. you get the idea. Prepare your day's food ahead of time to prevent having to go to a drive-thru. 3.) Only drink coffee in the mornings to get that initial bump. No coffee mid-day. You need to train your body to learn how to wake up on its own.

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      Barry Wah Lee 5 years ago from Auckland

      Wow you two! That is basically all day!

      l try this. Upon waking, try to look at flowers for half an hour before doing anything-dressing, loo, or even brushing teeth. If your backyard is secure and free, or if you have a nightgown which will allow this, then stand barefeet on some dewey grass, maybe even allow yourself to be inspired to let something move your hands arms or body or face. Also try looking for 4life Energy at

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      Bala 5 years ago

      Hi barry,

      I too have the same syndrome and i feel sleepy at 9:30 am to 3:00 pm.

      Will I prosper in life?

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      Disillusioned 9 years ago from Kerala, India

      Hi Barry,

      Thanks for your welcome note at the Forum.

      I am one who is affected by the said lethargy, but my lethargy clock works at 10:30 AMto 12:00 Noon. All your ideas are good; But I am too sleepy to implement them!!