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Afternoon Slump? Don’t reach for caffeine

Experts warn against relying on caffeinated beverages like coffee, soda, or energy drinks to combat afternoon sleepiness as it can disrupt sleep schedules. 

Caffeine has a long half-life and can remain in the body for hours, affecting sleep even if consumed in the late afternoon. 

Instead, try these alternatives for an energy boost without caffeine.

  • Taking a short 15 to 20-minute nap can refresh and restore alertness, as long as it is taken before 3 or 4 p.m. 
  • Chewing gum can increase alertness by stimulating facial muscles and increasing blood flow to the brain. 
  • Swapping processed, sugary snacks for healthier options like carrots and hummus is advisable. 
  • Lastly, getting up and moving periodically, such as taking short walking breaks every hour, can improve blood flow and alertness.
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