Sleepy in the Afternoon? Caffeine versus Napping

Woman Out of Energy

It's halfway through the work day. You've just had lunch, and suddenly you can barely keep your eyes open. Do you take a nap or spike your day with caffeine? Since most places of employment do not allow napping, your choice is a mega dose of caffeine, and that may be bad for your health. In this blog, we look at some of the health problems with caffeine and a few tricks to help you keep your eyes open and your focus sharp.

The Downside of Caffeine

  • Higher Risk of Heart Attack: Large doses of caffeine, such as those found in energy drinks, may cause heart attacks, even in younger people. This information comes from the European Society of Cardiology and focuses on people age 18-45 years old.
  • Higher Blood Pressure: Caffeine is a stimulant that boosts heart rate. The caffeine found in just two cups of coffee is enough to elevate heart rate for 2-3 hours so says the Mayo Clinic. Higher blood pressure leads to a whole list of health problems like stroke, aneurysm, and heart attack.
  • Other Diseases: Health issues associated with caffeine includes a headache, insomnia, indigestion, and exacerbation of type-2-diabetes. Nobody needs any more stress at work, and poor health leads to more stress.

Finding Energy in Unexpected Places

So what do you do when you feel a nap attack? Reach for something healthy to energize your post-lunch coma. Eat an apple, orange, or another type of fruit. Our bodies utilize the sugars in fruit, much slower than it does with caffeine and sugary snacks. You can also change what you eat for lunch. Instead of reaching for the carb infested fast food meal, reach for health. At the Metabolic Research Center, we can teach you how to buy healthy foods, how to cook them, and how to avoid being dependent upon Caffeine.



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