How to Stay Awake After Lunch


If you're having trouble staying awake after you've eaten your lunch, you're not alone. Many people fight sleepy feelings as they're trying to digest their meal. You don't need to consume a lot of caffeine in the afternoon if you want to stay awake. By doing a few simple things, you'll stay alert for the rest of the day.

Things You'll Need

  • Energy drink
  • Eat lunch earlier in the day. If you wait too long to eat, your body will try to catch up with your busy schedule, and you may experience a crash during digestion.

  • Eat a light lunch that is high in protein. Avoid carbohydrates such as sweets and sugary drinks. If you find yourself getting hungry, eat nuts or other small, healthy snacks during the day.

  • Take a walk right after you eat. A short, five-minute walk outside will give you a needed boost of energy. Get a little exercise throughout the afternoon as well.

  • Take a vitamin B complex supplement or a multivitamin after lunch. B vitamins can boost your metabolism, and a regular multivitamin can provide you with some needed energy.

Tips & Warnings

  • Energy drinks that are low in sugar can be helpful in boosting energy.
  • If you're chronically tired, see a doctor.

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