That 2:30 Feeling

Do you suffer from that 2:30 feeling?

The “2:30 feeling” is the tired, groggy feeling many of us experience in the afternoon. Some people call it a “food coma” or “afternoon lull.” If you suffer from that 2:30 feeling you are not alone. A recent study commissioned by UK company, Avenance, states that 74 percent of us suffer from it.

Based on feedback from more than 1,000 workers the research reveals the depth of this previously understudied area.

  • Three quarters of workers admit to being less productive in the afternoon.
  • One quarter believe they produce the least work between 2pm and 4pm.
  • More than half admit to making mistakes during this time.
  • Men are 10 percent more likely to make mistakes than women.
  • One in ten admit they are 90-100 percent less productive during this time.

What causes that 2:30 feeling?

It’s tempting to place all the blame on poor lifestyle choices such as a fast food diet, lack of exercise and insufficient sleep. While these may be contributing factors, no amount of nutritious food, exercise or sleep can completely counteract our biological sleep schedule. Doctors call it the circadian rhythm. Circadian rhythms are important in setting the sleeping and feeding patterns of animals and humans alike. There are clear patterns of brain wave activity, hormone production, cell regeneration and other biological activities linked to this daily cycle.

Now what?

Telling your boss that you feel asleep at your desk because your Circadian rhythm is off will probably not end well. So, until afternoon naps are a regular part of the workday, overcoming the 2:30 feeling can be important to your continued employment. So what can you do?

Many people turn to coffee, soda and snacks for an afternoon pick me up, but these solutions can be high in sugar and calories.

5-Hour Energy is the ideal solution for that 2:30 feeling. It has zero sugar and only four calories. It’s quick, simple and effective. Its blend of B-vitamins, amino acids and other ingredients work together to help you feel bright and awake, not tired and groggy.