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Does anyone get really tired to the point of falling asleep at work in the afternoon??!!


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I've been so so tired today. It's quite warm. I maybe didn't get the best quality sleep last night.

I'm just so so so tired and hungry (which, when you're calorie counting to lose weight, isn't a handy thing in the afternoon). I know I'm tired when I just want to eat. It's like my body saying 'feed me or let me sleep now'. Urgh! It's awful.

I had pasta for lunch, then went for a walk. Came back ready to lie on the floor for sleeps. Oh dear.

Anyone got any tips? I get it occasionally. Could have murdered a snickers bar or bag of chips or 'fries' (for everyone across the water). Or a big long nap. But obviously could do neither.

And the thought of the gym later? Oh my. I'm just so sleeeeeepy.

Brain slowly shutting down... :(

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When I'm sitting in my chair at my desk with my eyes closed... I am not sleeping.

And if anyone comes in and wakes me up, I just always open my eyes and say Amen! really loud so they'll think I was praying.

;D

Original Post by nomoreexcuses:

When I'm sitting in my chair at my desk with my eyes closed... I am not sleeping.

And if anyone comes in and wakes me up, I just always open my eyes and say Amen! really loud so they'll think I was praying.

;D

Haha. Usefull.

I used Nodoz, Diet Pepsi Max, and Diet Mountain Dew to ward of sleepiness. I would sometimes take a 45 min nap and then eat a 15 min lunch. This occurred during a very stressfull time at work.

 

I like the suggestion by nomoreexcuses.

 

Jeff

 

I fall asleep at least 5 times EVERYDAY at work....but i have a lack of Iron in my blood, and i also might have CFS..Chronic Fatigue Syndrome...lol.

 

I try to fight it, but i can't...

Be careful if you're restricting calories in order to lose weight that you don't end up with an imbalanced or inadequate diet.   Low blood-sugars are a big cause of fatigue .... and also big cravings for sugary/fatty/starchy foods to get them back up again (Snickers, chips, fries).    Your lunchtime (white?) pasta would have been the obvious culprit.... a heavily starchy carbohydrate lunch will very often lead to a mid-afternoon blood-sugar slump.

To avoid it happening again make sure first of all that you're aiming for the right calorie intake for your age, size and level of activity.   Then allocate a good quarter - one third of your daily cals each to breakfast and lunch.   And see that both have plenty of fibre and protein.... these take a while to break down in the digestion so you get a 'slow release' energy effect.   So a good breakfast choice would be wholemeal toast with a poached egg or two, for example.   Have a snack handy to eat mid afternoon... a banana is a really good choice.

Iron deficiency, as someone mentioned, will also result in fatigue and low iron stores are incredibly common among young women who are losing weight.  Iron rich foods include whole eggs, red meats, dark green vegetables, wholemeal bread, fortified breakfast cereals.

Good luck

Oh yes, I get this. Between 2pm and 3pm I get what I call the 'post-lunch slump'. Some days staying awake is a challenge! You could be tired because your body is digesting the food you've had for lunch. I'd suggest you keep yourself busy by varying your tasks. Oh, and caffeine!

my yogurt and coffee mid afternoon snack helps out a lot.

haha! YES!

yesterday i just took a small nap in my chair, just closed my eyes for about 10 minutes.  I actually feel more awake after i do this.  unless i'm truly exhausted, then i feel like i'm under water and just can't get consciuos again!  then i'm worthless for the rest of the day.

if you can't do that caffiene - either cold (coke, monster) or hot (coffee!) and a walk around the office.

drink more water. trust me, your bladder will keep you awake.

I wonder if people would still be reccomending the 8x8 glasses of water each day if we had to use outhouses.

yeah pretty much every day i just get up and go out for some fresh air or go to my car and have a power nap..

It happens to me after lunch some days too. I would suggest that part of the problem is what lunch was, pasta  is heavy and heavy food takes more energy to digest leaving less energy for all those other things.

I find that when it happens to me I have a fruit, for the natural sugars to give me the boost, try to stay away from caffeine as it is only a temporary helper. After I have my fruit I try to find work that requires me to move, things like filing, so I have to get away from the desk. These are the things that work for me.

Original Post by girlplurality:

Oh yes, I get this. Between 2pm and 3pm I get what I call the 'post-lunch slump'. Some days staying awake is a challenge! You could be tired because your body is digesting the food you've had for lunch. I'd suggest you keep yourself busy by varying your tasks. Oh, and caffeine!

Same here. It's situation critical during that time of the month. I can't stay awake for ANYTHING

Thanks to all!

I'm gonna avoid pasta as a lunch choice from now on I think.

I was trying lots of water and moving about and it only helped a little. It was so warm too yesterday.

 

I can sleep for England- I am tired all the time.  Car journeys, tv programs, films, that's it I'm gone.  It's not like I even think to myself 'I'll have a little sleep now' rather than I wake up and think 'did I just dose off?' 

I work at a pc and really have to fight it in the afternoons.  I usually get up and have a 10 min walk around every hour or so.

I am also cold all the time.  I've got people at work moaning about the office being hot but there's me with goosebumps. 

I am going to see the doctor because it's become annoying now.  I was thinking along the lines of iron deficiency but best to get a professional opinion.

I know what you mean about being cold all the time.

Think it's the iron?

1500 sounds reasonable for your size, age and acitity level.  If you're very cold all the time and it's something you've only experienced since losing weight then make sure that you're eating regularly..... mammals (unlike reptiles who can eat once in a blue moon and be fine) need regular top-ups of energy to maintain their body-temperature.   May sound obvious but hot food and hot drinks are more warming than cold food & drinks.  Spicy food will get the circulation going better than bland food.  

If you're on 1500 a day aim for 400 cals each breakfast, lunch and supper and fit in a few small snacks to make up the shortfall in between. By getting plenty of energy at breakfast and lunch you may make it better through the afternoon.   For good nutrition choose plenty of different vegetables and some fruit and get a wide variety of other foods at the same time.  A multivitamin can act as a safety-net but they're no substitute for a varied.  To see how you shape up on the different vitamins and minerals you can pass the cursor over the date in your food log.... that gives you a run-down.

Another thought.... After you've been on reduced calories for another week, have a day where you get your full energy needs.   If you can lose weight on 1500 you probably need 2200 or so to maintain.   An energy boost like this every so often can be beneficial on a lot of levels.

Ah, thanks gi-jane. Very usefull advice.

Decided not to waste my money on the multivitamins and try to eat a more varied selection of veggies instead and I'm going to try eating a bigger breakfast some days (time is of the essence on a morning for me!! I will make the effort though).

I'll take the tip on having a day at full calories. Should be good.

Thanks for your advice! Laughing

Being cold and tired could be iron deficiency but they are also symptoms of an underactive thyroid. Make sure to ask your doctor to test your thyroid hormone levels too (TSH, T3 and T4)!!!

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