For millions of Germans, this is everyday life. If you start the day full of energy after breakfast, you will feel tired after lunch at the latest. But with a few tricks, the midday dip is quickly overcome.
High performance is followed by low performance
Experience has shown that it is quite normal for people’s performance curves to drop every 90 minutes. Performance and concentration decrease.
A break is therefore necessary after each performance phase in order to escape fatigue.
If the fatigue does not subside despite a break, there are several tips and tricks to counter the low performance.
First tip: more light
Lack of light is a common cause of daytime sleepiness. Because even if the brightness in closed rooms is perceived as sufficient, the light intensity may not be objectively high enough.
In certain circumstances, the lack of light reduces the formation of serotonin, a mood-enhancing messenger substance. That is why it is important to install bright lamps on the desk or to regularly soak up daylight.
Second tip: quick nap
Close your eyes for a moment if you feel tired at noon. A little nap helps overcome a daily low.
However, it is important that the power nap does not turn into an extended nap.
Therefore, the time out should not last more than 20 minutes and should not take place after 3 p.m.
Third tip: take a short break
Especially for workers, a short nap in between is almost impossible. But good sleep isn’t essential either. For a short break, it is also enough to simply switch off at work, let your eyes wander and let your thoughts wander. In contrast, this effect does not occur if employees remain seated at their PCs during their downtime.
Fourth tip: a cup of coffee
Caffeine is a real pick-me-up. But the combination of sugar and caffeine in cola or sweetened coffee also works wonders.
Anyone who drinks a maximum of five cups of coffee a day or consumes up to 400 milliliters of caffeine can consume it without hesitation.
Fifth tip: Eat enough
Unwanted bouts of fatigue are also inevitable if you don’t eat or drink enough. For example, it is ideal to drink at least two liters of liquid every day. Well-suited beverages are infused water, plain water, or unsweetened teas.
Sudden fatigue can also indicate low blood sugar. In this case, it is usually sufficient to take sugar-free energy balls or small snacks such as almonds.
Sixth tip: essential oils
Essential oils are also like a kind of quick fix. Often, the simple act of sniffing a bottle of lemon or peppermint oil has an invigorating effect.
Adding a few drops of essential oils to a bowl of water and inhaling the mixture is equally effective.
In turn, applying essential oils to the skin can damage the skin.
Seventh tip: get enough exercise
A short walk in the fresh air invigorates and banishes fatigue. If you don’t want to go to the front door to exercise, you can also exercise effectively indoors. For this, it is enough to do some gymnastic exercises or yoga exercises at the workplace. It is also advisable to visit one or the other colleague in person and not to call them.
Eighth tip: plant extracts
Extracts from various medicinal plants have also been shown to help fight weakness and fatigue. A good choice are, for example, extracts of rose root, taiga root, ginseng or soy lecithin. However, the application period for taiga root is limited to two months, for example, and three months for ginseng.