Have you ever went on your lunch break and comeback to the office with less energy than when you left? Actually, it is quite common to feel so. In fact, research proves there is a science behind feeling sleepy after eating. What are the causes and how can we boost our energy after food? Check this article out for answers.
Why Do We Feel Sleepy After Eating?
Feeling tired, deconcentrated and sleepy after a meal is relatively normal. Moreover, it depends on factors such as the type of food you eat, the food intake time and the quantity of the intake.
Food that is rich in carbohydrates and protein, tend to make the body feel more tired than other food. According to research, certain food makes you feel tired because they push the body to release serotonin. therefore, avoid packing lunch for the office with food containing poultry, pasta, rice, or eggs.
When Is The Right time To Eat?
In addition to what food you eat, you also need to pay attention to when you eat. Obviously, eating a large portion of food will trigger more blood sugar to rise, and a bigger dip in energy. Furthermore, eating at the right time may help you stay up at work. According to The National Sleep Foundation, people naturally have a down point in energy at 2 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. This explains why we feel like taking a nap after the midday meal.
How Can You Not Feel Sleepy After Eating?
In a study back in 2017, workers who had a late night shift and had a meal before, felt way more sleepy than those who didn’t eat. So, in order to make it through the whole day without a nap after food, here are few things you can do:
Eat little and often, because a snack every two hours will do nothing but boost your energy levels. A piece of fruit or a handful of nuts will do the work. Moreover, try to also get a good night sleep, with at least 8 hours of rest every night. When it’s time for your lunch break, take a walk after eating to release the tiredness.