Late Afternoon Fatigue - 13 Ways to Fight Past It and Win!

Late afternoon fatigue can ruin productivity especially if you're constantly straining to stay awake on the job. Feeling sleepy during the day is far more common than you may think, so don't feel alone.

It is evident that we are living in a world of some really exhausted people! Is it any wonder though? From the food that we eat on the run to the lifestyles that we're locked into, we are all setting ourselves up for midday humdrum's.

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Some of us have boring jobs, some of us have jobs that keep us moving all day or night, and some of us sit at a desk for eight hours or more. No one is immune from fatigue and all work conditions leave you susceptible to feeling overwhelmed and tired. If you have afternoon fatigue and can't figure out why you're pooped, here are a few things to consider and try.

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13 Ways to Fight Past Late Afternoon Fatigue

  • Are you drinking enough water? - Most people swear they're drinking water throughout the day but dehydration is the #1 reason that people get sleepy throughout the day. To find out if water is the culprit, do this:

    When you start to get sleepy, drink a glass of water. If you're still sleepy after a few minutes, drink another one. Keep repeating this until you start feeling more alert. (Usually 3 or 4 tall glasses of water will do it.) Your body might just need more water than its getting although you may truly think you drink plenty of it.

  • Are you getting enough calories? - If you're not eating enough during the day, your body will not like it. Sometimes a small piece of fruit will perk you right up IF you're reacting to low blood sugar.

  • Are you getting the right amount of sleep? - Some people need minimal sleep, some people need at least 8 hours or more. Everyone is different! You have to find the amount of sleep you need for your body. Common sense should lead the way.

  • Are you taking a break? You may just need to get up and move around a bit or do some stretches. Or get some fresh air if that's possible. When I'm working long hours on the computer at home, I blow dry my face with cool air or stick my head in the freezer. (Too funny right?) It really helps me wake up a bit though, so don't knock it till ya try it!

  • Wheat gluten can make you sleepy! - If you eat a sandwich for lunch it could be the bread in your sandwich that's making you sleepy. Most blood types are allergic to the glutens in wheat and other various grains. Gluten lectins inhibit the metabolism of insulin. This causes an disruption in the way your body utilizes calories for energy. For some people, instead of giving you energy, it reduces it.

  • Are you getting proper nutrition? Without the proper nutrients, you are fighting a battle to stay awake that you can't win. Maybe your body is lacking some of the essential vitamins it needs to function correctly. As you age, your body needs more supplies to help fight off fatigue.

  • Deficiencies in B12 (and other B vitamins) can also cause drowsiness so be sure to get your B vitamins no matter what! The complex of B vitamins are vital to increased energy levels!

  • Healing Herbs - Many herbs are used to boost your energy. Ginkgo Biloba is one herb that's helped many people. If you're on medication, check with your doctor first. Some herbs can interfere with their action or are contraindicated for their use.

  • Emotional fatigue is typically caused by stress but boy, it can also make you feel tired as all get out! To get over feeling tired, you'll need to find a way to ease the stress, even if that means a change in schedule!

  • Anemia affects about 3.5 million Americans alone. For women in childbearing years, anemia is a common cause of fatigue. Women who have heavy menstrual cycles, fibroid tumors, or uterine polyps are most susceptible to iron deficiencies. Diabetes and kidney disease can also cause anemia.

    The best way to remedy anemia is to take an iron supplement or consume foods that are rich in iron such as spinach, broccoli, and red meat. Vitamin C taken with meals or together with iron supplements, increase iron absorption and improves symptoms.

  • Protein - Without enough protein, you are going to feel run down and tired. You can get protein from meat but there are many other sources you can substitute, like cheese, eggs, or beans.

  • If you've been sneezing or coughing a lot recently, it may be common allergies that are causing your fatigue. One way to reduce symptoms is to simply take non-drowsy allergy medications.

  • If you're tired of being tired, you may have adrenal fatigue. This condition occurs most often in women but can also happen for some men. Simply taking brewers yeast is a good first step but you may need to do more to fight it long term.

    Try something different if what you're already doing isn't working! Late afternoon fatigue can be eliminated with some perseverance!

    Always consult your physician before using natural remedies, especially for anyone with preexisting conditions or anyone currently taking prescription medications. Although many efforts are made to ensure that the advice given on this site is professionally sound, the advice is not intended to replace a mutual relationship with a medical provider.

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