Sure, so if you’ve partied all night or stayed up with the baby, you’ll know exactly why you’re feeling drowsy. But some of you may just find you can’t keep your eyes open at work and you’re starting to drool on your keyboard. We take a look at why you’re feeling drowsy and what you can do to put some pep in your step.
Why am I so Tired?
If you find yourself routinely tired at work, if you feel listless or like you’re getting the flu, then indoor air quality may be the problem. If your office isn’t well ventilated or there are mold spores in the ventilation system, you may be suffering from what is known as Sick Building Syndrome. Poor indoor air quality can result from tighter building envelopes which prevent proper ventilation, and the release of volatile organic compounds into the air.
The list of symptoms is long, but check with colleagues to see if anyone else is experiencing negative physical effects from being in the office. Cut down on chemical cleaners and air fresheners and ensure that your air filters are cleaned or replaced according to the manufacturer’s recommendations. You can also improve your air quality by adding some plants to your office space.
A drop in blood sugar may also be the cause of your sleepiness. If you’ve been hitting the coffee, or ate too much birthday cake, its normal to experience a crash which could leave you drowsy. Avoid adding fuel to the fire with another cup of coffee and eat a healthy snack to help stabilize your blood-sugar levels.
How can I Stay Awake?
OK, so now that we know what the problem might be, you still have to make it through the day. Here are a few tricks to get you going.
Eat Something Already: Your brain needs fuel to function and while it accounts for only 2% of your weight, it consumes 20% of your calorie intake. Protein and carbohydrates are the brain’s favorite foods, so eat a good breakfast and lunch containing healthy sources of these two fuels to keep you alert throughout the day.
Music: Listening to music at a low volume so you have trouble making out the lyrics is a great way to reactivate your brain. If you can have a ten-minute dance party, even better. Movement stimulates your higher cognitive functions and gives your metabolism a boost.
Drink Matcha: Matcha tea contains caffeine but, unlike coffee, it won’t give you the jitters. You see, matcha contains L-theanine phytonutrients which enables the caffeine to be slowly absorbed into the body for a gradual boost of energy and concentration—no jitters, no crashes.
Matcha tea is an incredible source of anti-oxidants (up to 137 times those found in green tea) and the iron, calcium, protein, potassium, vitamins A and C in matcha will boost your immune system and help your body to detox. Matcha also fires up your metabolism which makes more energy available to you.
Get some Sunshine: The vitamin D is essential for you and sunlight helps to regulate your circadian rhythms which tell your body when to sleep and when to wake up.
Use your Nose: Essential oils like rosemary, eucalyptus blue gum and peppermint all help to keep you alert and awake. Use a diffuser, a spray bottle or just a dab on your collar to keep you keen.