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Two Easy Tricks for Avoiding the Afternoon Slump

Posted in thought by xx on April 8, 2010

If you’re anything like me, you get sleepy after lunch. This is especially problematic since most of us are, you know, at work.

Some people call it the 2pm slump. Some prefer “food coma.” Dave Chappelle — less famously — called it the itis.  There’s a load of information out there for avoiding the lull, and some of it’s more practical than others: eat something sugary, listen to loud music, have a “funny” conversation with an old friend (uh), maybe another cup of coffee.

These are all fine and good, but I found two easy and practical steps that worked really well for me.

The first step was to stick to something cold for lunch (or at least room temperature). Deli sandwiches and salads worked best. (I avoided turkey because of the L-tryptophan, or as I like to call it, the Thanksgiving roofie.)  Smoothies worked really well on hot days.  Eating something hot always makes me feel warm and gooey on the inside, and at that point all I want to do is curl up and siesta. Cold food gives me the required energy to get through the rest of the day, without that horrible feeling that I’d just ingested a Snuggie.

Secondly, I started brushing my teeth. One day I headed to Walgreens, bought a travel sized toothbrush (and paste), and brushed my teeth at the end of lunch. It was like magic, as if I’d just woken up in the morning all over again. I know good oral hygiene helps rid you of plaque and gingivitis; who knew it got rid of the itis, too?

Let me know if these work for you, and I’m always open to more tricks and tips for staying awake.  Who knows? Maybe one day, companies will embrace the benefits of having a good nap room.  One day.