Many people wrestle with feeling sleepy in the afternoon during their work day. Despite having a good night’s sleep and cup of coffee, your eyes feel heavy, you lose your focus, and you picture your desk as one big pillow. You want nothing but sleep, but your boss needs that report by the end of the day.
Tough luck, pal.
The afternoon slump is normal for humans. According to the National Sleep Foundation, for the daytime hours the strongest sleep drive kicks in between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Teens have broader circadian “dips,” between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Your boss may not allow you to take a one-hour siesta anytime soon, but you can stay awake during the afternoon by keeping these tips in mind.