If you’re like most people, you may notice that you get sleepy in the early afternoon. The feeling passes, but it’s there for a little while. If you aren’t at work, you may even take a nap during that time. If you’re in your office, you may reach for a soda, some coffee, or something else to wake you up a little bit. That sleepiness comes from different things for different people. For a lot of them, it’s the food that they eat. They have a big, heavy lunch, and their body is working to digest it. Of course it’s going to make them sleepy. That only makes sense. If you’re having a problem with feeling sleepy in the early afternoon, you might consider eating lighter at lunchtime.
Another reason people feel that way is simply because they don’t get enough sleep at night. When they only get a few hours, they tend to do all right for a little while, then start to get tired again. That feeling usually settles in after lunch. Later they get their ‘second wind,’ and they keep going until their work day is done. Getting to bed earlier so that they get more sleep at night could help alleviate the sleepy feeling during the day, but a lot of people don’t want to go to bed early, so they just live their lives tired.
If you live in a climate where it’s very hot, that could also be contributing to how sleepy you feel. The early to mid-afternoon is the hottest part of the day, so it’s not entirely surprising that it also makes some people sleepy. Even if you’re in an air-conditioned building, the press of the sun on the windows is difficult to ignore. It’s not something you can really control, so you may have to learn simply to deal with it. If you’re getting enough sleep at night and eating light at lunchtime, you’re doing most of what you can to curb that afternoon sleepy feeling.