Circadian rhythms can be a real pain in the-you-know-where.
Trying to stay awake during meetings had me feelin’ some kinda way. As in the omg I’m literally going to pass out cold on this table sort of way.
I’m not sure if anyone else occasionally struggles with alertness, but I was previously having major issues with my energy levels. (Particularly in the late morning through the afternoon). I’d muddle through the 8-9 hour workday, only to fall asleep THE MOMENT I got home. Which, as you may imagine, is not conducive to studying, running errands, or maintaining any type of social life.
After doing some research and confirming that our biological clocks are weird as heck, I stumbled upon this enlightening article. My world was admittedly shaken, but after reading, I decided to switch from drinking my habitual cuppa joe at 5:30 am, to 10 am. Making this adjustment has allowed my body to resume its natural production cortisol, and I cannot adequately describe how much this has helped. I have also found that having a second cup at about 1:30 boots me out of the infamous ‘post lunch dip’.
Speaking of lunch, I’ve additionally stopped going to the gym after work– instead, I go for a half-hour during my lunch break. I’m lucky enough to have a company gym just a floor below my cubicle, but even a short walk helps. Having a light lunch and (strangely enough) showering as soon as I get home have also effectively prevented drowsiness.
Bring it on psychology homework. I am ready and armed with caffeine and endorphins.