Daylight Savings Healthy Hack: Six Ways To Beat The 3pm Slump!

05.04.18 Learn Blog SumoSalad

For many of us, the tell-tale signs of the impending 3pm slump are all too familiar. First, a wave of tiredness, then a decrease in energy & concentration and finally the battle to keep your eyes open or stifle a yawn.

As busy mornings filled with responding to work emails, client meetings and catch-ups ease into lunchtime, energy levels begin to dip. At 3pm comes the slump, leaving you feeling devoid of energy and struggling to tackle the afternoon tasks ahead. Don’t worry we have all been there – especially after a long weekend break!

With the clocks being turned back an hour for daylight savings, fatigue is common throughout April; darkness falls earlier, our body clocks are still adjusting and the 3pm slump becomes all too real.

You might think that things like coffee and sugar will help but both of these are best to avoid, as they will lead you to an energy crash once they wear off. Perhaps a nap at your desk? Probably not the greatest idea for your career…

So, how can you beat that decline in energy levels and invigorate your afternoons on the daily? We’ve done the hard work for you and sourced the best #healthyhacks for Fuelling Greatness® to keep you at your peak instead of sleepy and bleak…

Eat a proper breakfast
Forgoing the most important meal of the day may lead to an energy crash come 3pm. Instead, opt for a meal high in protein and good fats to keep you fuller for longer. Eating a healthy breakfast will help to stave off that hangry feeling and means you’ll make better food choices throughout the day. Tight for time? Try our made-to-order Sumo Breakkie Bowls!

Stay hydrated
People often mistake thirst for hunger and end up excessive snacking. Drinking water is a great way to increase energy levels as dehydration can make you feel mentally sluggish and mess with your concentration. Stay hydrated by drinking at least 8-10 cups of water a day. This can eliminate headaches, increase mental clarity and focus, and give you that little boost of energy to make it through the next few hours. Our tip, add a squeeze of lemon or lime for a refreshing pick me up.

Get some air
Sometimes we just need to break up the routine. If you can’t keep your eyes open, go for a walk and take in some fresh air. 10 minutes of sunshine can lift that dull feeling and recharge your mood. Sunlight triggers the release of serotonin through cues in the retina, making you feel lighter and happier. Breathing in some fresh air can curb cloudy moods and re-energise you. This is harder for city-dwellers, but there’s always a park (or even a patch of grass) nearby. Find a spot and go there every day—being outside in nature can help you feel more alive, boosting your feelings of vitality.

Pump up the plant-power
It’s no secret that whole foods are exceptionally good for you, but did you know increasing your plant intake can naturally increase your energy levels and provide longer lasting stamina for whatever the day throws at you? Our Commando Steve Falafel Nourish Bowl is packed with plant-powered protein, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and boasts a low carb, low GI and low cholesterol count; the perfectly balanced meat-free meal! Broccoli, brown rice and quinoa, roasted pumpkin, boiled egg, haloumi, pepitas, falafel topped off with Japanese and miso dressing will keep you powering through the whole day.

Listen to music
Music is scientifically proven to affect your mood and productivity so pop on some headphones and listen to your favourite tunes. Music is also essential for productivity and performance in the workplace and can help improve your arousal and decrease tiredness. Depending on the type of work you do, there’s even an optimal genre. Listen to classical music if you deal with numbers or need to pay special attention to detail like spell checking, pop music is best for individuals who work on deadlines or data entry and ambient music is best for problem-solving professions.

Eat a snack
This doesn’t mean heading to the vending machine for crisps or chocolate. Instead of reaching for sugary treats, as many crave when their blood sugar levels drop in the afternoon, opt for a protein-filled snack or one full of complex carbohydrates. Studies show that eating complex carbohydrates can help keep you alert and energized over foods filled with fat. Try our Sumo Power Pots for the perfect goodness-to-go pick me up!


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