In the last couple of months I’ve been starting to lose energy mid afternoon and fall into a slump. I’m making sure to stay hydrated, am staying away from caffeine and am trying to get enough sleep. Is there anything that I can do to help?
Many people suffer from the 2pm slump – especially those in a sedentary desk job. However, it’s not ideal and may be a sign of blood sugar irregularities.
You may be experiencing low blood sugar levels mid afternoon in response to a peak of high blood sugars from lunch – the higher the peak, the harder the crash.
Initially I would suggest you look at what you’re eating and drinking at lunch – avoid refined carbohydrates and sugar and replace with complex carbohydrates (whole grains rather than white) together with fiber and protein. Though it’s tempting, try to avoid caffeine and other stimulants either at lunch or mid afternoon as this compounds the problem. Watch out for fruit juices too which are high in fructose (any thing with ‘ose’ at the end of it is a type of sugar!).
Drink plenty of water, take regular breaks and invest in a good multivitamin. Getting out for a 20 minute walk during the day for fresh air is great as well especially after lunch as that can help stabilise blood sugars more quickly.
If this continues you may want to take a Chromium supplement at lunch time to reduce the blood sugar peak. I would also suggest if it continues that you should ask your GP or Naturopath to test your blood glucose levels (HbA1c) as an initial check for Diabetes. This test gives an indication on where your blood sugar levels have been for the past few months. If the results are high they may send you for a follow up test called a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) which measures your blood sugar levels before, during and after consuming a sugary drink to see how quickly your body can process the sugar.
*Please note that the information provided above is only to educate, not to diagnose or treat any medical condition. Please seek advice from your own healthcare provider before embarking on any treatment/health program.
By Michele Wilton
ND, Dip Med Herb
Michele is a Naturopath, Medical Herbalist and works as a Technical Advisor for NaturalMeds.