If you’re anything like me, you wake up with your mind racing and mentally making lists of everything that needs to be done today. You need to get the kids off to school, take the cat to the vet for her shots, stop at the store for milk and manage a dozen other things that no one besides you can handle.

What causes that afternoon slump in energy?

What Causes That Afternoon Slump in Energy?

I do pretty well in the morning thanks to my coffee addiction.  I’m on my way to getting a good chunk of things crossed off my list.  I take a quick break for lunch and suddenly it happens. I want a nap … just a quick one … maybe 30 minutes or so to regroup.

What just happened? What causes that afternoon slump in energy? Lack of sleep isn’t the only thing making you feel tired. There are other things that contribute to this feeling as well.

  • Drink plenty of water. Being even slightly dehydrated can make you feel tired. When you’re dehydrated, your blood is thicker. Your heart doesn’t pump as efficiently as when you drink enough water so less oxygen makes its way through your body.
  • Make sure you take your iron.  I’m anemic so I always need to take extra iron. Iron deficiency (or anemia) can make you feel tired, weak and not able to focus. Visit your doctor to make sure this isn’t an issue for you.
  • Don’t push yourself too hard. You aren’t super woman as much as you want to be. You can only accomplish so much. Being unrealistic in what you try to get done is just going to stress you out and leave you feeling less than productive.
  • Don’t skip breakfast. You tell the kids every morning and the same holds true for you. 5 cups of coffee does not equal breakfast. Eat something that includes whole grains, lean protein and a healthy fat.  Try eggs, whole wheat toast and organic Greek yogurt.
  • Don’t eat sugary junk. Loading up on sugar and heavily processed carbs is not the answer. Your blood sugar will spike and then crash which will make you feel tired. Just a hint: Fast food for lunch with a soda is NOT a good choice.

There are many different reasons that you might feel a loss of energy mid afternoon.  See if any of the above could be factors for you and talk to your doctor if it persists even when you make healthy lifestyle changes.

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June 9, 2014

What Causes That Afternoon Slump in Energy?

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  1. Jenn @comebackmomma

    June 9th, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    Great post. I get caught eating too much sugar, which definitely leads to an afternoon crash for me. I am working on that as well as drinking more water.

  2. Ellen Christian

    June 9th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I’ve been working on more water too, Jenn!

  3. lauren

    June 9th, 2014 at 12:44 pm

    Thanks for the tips! I am sure just like many busy moms 3pm comes and the tired starts to hit and drinking more coffee would mean being up late at night!

  4. Ellen Christian

    June 9th, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    That’s often the way it works for me!

  5. Kelly Hutchinson

    June 9th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

    I had this problem and taking iron really helped tremendously. I have also been drinking more water and have stopped drinking soda.

  6. Ellen Christian

    June 9th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

    Cutting out the soda is a huge help, Kelly!

  7. Jamie

    June 9th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

    I have to remind myself to drink water – I’ve heard that by the time you feel thirsty, it’s really too late. We need to make a habit of drinking more!! Great post Ellen!

  8. Ellen Christian

    June 9th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    I have heard that too, Jamie! It is hard to remember some days.

  9. Erika Bragdon

    June 9th, 2014 at 2:03 pm

    Good tips! I know I haven’t been drinking as much water as I need to be. Thanks for the reminder!

  10. Ellen Christian

    June 9th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Glad to help, Erika!

  11. Kathleen Kennedy-Leon

    June 9th, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    These are great reminders–especially NOT skipping breakfast–sometimes I am guilty of that one for sure. Also staying hydrated is a biggie too–thanks for sharing

  12. Ellen Christian

    June 9th, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    Glad to help, Kathleen. I have forgotten breakfast many times myself. I just get so busy some days.

  13. tara pittman

    June 10th, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    Sometimes a glass of water is all it takes to get some energy. When we get up and move that helps too.

  14. Ellen Christian

    June 10th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    That’s really true, Tara!