Sometimes you just can’t figure out how to keep yourself awake right after a full meal in the office. For those who have experienced or are experiencing this, hear my 5 tips:

 

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1. If coffee doesn’t work for you, try  Coke (or Pepsi if you’re really into brand wars 🙂 ). 

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2. If there’s no coffee nor Coke, ask your friendly seatmate if she/he has a dark chocolate.

 

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3. If there’s no chocolate, get your mug and pour it with hot water. Slowly, sip the hot water.

 

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4. If there’s no more hot water in the pantry, stand up, walk 10 times around your office.

 

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5. If it’s not possible to walk 10 times around your office before being accused as a crazy person, make a commotion and make sure that heads will turn towards you. Trust me, their stares will warm up your body and will keep you awake for the rest of the day. 🙂

Seriously, why do we feel sleepy after lunch? Men’s Health has a scientific answer to this, and I quote:

Guess what? You’re actually being drugged. Every day at about 2pm, your core body temperature drops, which triggers the release of a powerful knockout drug/hormone called melatonin. In fact, this happens to everyone, as our brains follow a schedule set by its sleep software (known as circadian rhythms). However, what you scarf down during lunch also plays a big part. A large meal high in carbohydrates will cause a feeling of lethargy as your body digests the meal, says Sheeba Majmudar, nutritionist and founder of the Herbal Health Clinic. “The blood supply moves to the digestive tract, and oxygen supply slows down – hence the lethargic feeling,” she adds.