How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

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How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:32 AM

I have this problem that, pretty much as soon ad midday hits, I just enter an ever declining slump, until I wake up the next morning. To the point where I can't concentrate on what I'm doing at all, my vision blurs and I really struggle to keep my eyes open.

I don't know why this is, I'm 18, eat healthily, exercise a lot and get a round 8 hours sleep a night... This shouldn't happen to me, either way, it does, so how do you guys keep yourselves awake and alert? I won't drink coffee, or caffinated drinks though, in fact I only drink water and green tea.

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Re: How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:46 AM

CAFFEINE!!!
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Re: How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:47 AM

View Postbaavgai, on 09 July 2013 - 03:46 AM, said:

CAFFEINE!!!


Somehow I knew this was coming xD! Caffeine is just borrowed energy though :P

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Re: How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:49 AM

Borrowed energy or not, coffee is my friend.
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Posted 09 July 2013 - 03:53 AM

View PostBenignDesign, on 09 July 2013 - 03:49 AM, said:

Borrowed energy or not, coffee is my friend.


You know, things like coffee, red bull, relentless and monster etc. don't affect me at all, I can drink tonnes of it and then fall asleep right away. Energy drinks just make me feel sick and coffee makes me more relaxed as it is hot and therefore makes it easier to fall asleep.
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Re: How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:18 AM

Could be to do with how you're sleeping. Even though you say you get 8 hours, you might only stay in a constant light sleep state and wake up every couple of hours even if you don't remember it.

You could buy sleep monitors or go see a doctor about it. Lethargy could also be linked to some other mental / physical conditions like depression or diabetes.

I've been having some of the same issues the past week, mainly because I'm not sleeping well due to the heat at night.

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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:24 AM

This has been a constant issue for me. For my part, it's because I wasn't getting enough sleep. I was staying up too late, and getting up for work too early. Now I have it balanced. I'm older so I don't need as much sleep as I did when I was 18.

The other answer is, of course, caffeine. If you're programming a lot, it can get mind-numbing to read through hundreds of lines of code. That's why it's such a stereotype that programmers drink heaps of coffee in order to function.

I do coffee in the morning to give me a jolt to wake me up, then about midday start on Amp to keep me running.
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Posted 09 July 2013 - 04:27 AM

I live on top of a local coffee place, so I'm also gonna go with coffee.
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Posted 09 July 2013 - 05:20 AM

Power naps.
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Re: How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

Posted 09 July 2013 - 05:34 AM

View PostSlice, on 09 July 2013 - 04:18 AM, said:

Could be to do with how you're sleeping. Even though you say you get 8 hours, you might only stay in a constant light sleep state and wake up every couple of hours even if you don't remember it.

You could buy sleep monitors or go see a doctor about it. Lethargy could also be linked to some other mental / physical conditions like depression or diabetes.

I've been having some of the same issues the past week, mainly because I'm not sleeping well due to the heat at night.


I see, well I don't wake up during the night, I usually sleep through until morning. I'm not depressed and I'm pretty sure I don't have diabetes, thyroid problems run in my family though, my Granddad had either an over-active or under-active thyroid and is now on medication for it... But I think I'm too young for that.

The heat is certainly making it worse, but I've been like this for a long time.
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Re: How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

Posted 09 July 2013 - 05:47 AM

Lethargy and focus issues are a huge problem for me, and it affects me a bit. I take a thermogenic but that only gets me so far. I don't sleep well at all and I do have clinical depression. I guess that's why Midol works the best at getting me going, mood enhancers and such. Lol oh well.
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Re: How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

Posted 09 July 2013 - 06:06 AM

View Postjamal antonio, on 09 July 2013 - 06:32 AM, said:

eat healthily

Expand on this... normally mid-day slumps are caused by heavy lunch digestion.

Everyday for breakfast I eat a banana & peanut butter sandwich on Ezekiel bread. I don't eat again until noon or 1 am, & feel fine.
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Posted 09 July 2013 - 06:15 AM

View Postno2pencil, on 09 July 2013 - 06:06 AM, said:

View Postjamal antonio, on 09 July 2013 - 06:32 AM, said:

eat healthily

Expand on this... normally mid-day slumps are caused by heavy lunch digestion.

Everyday for breakfast I eat a banana & peanut butter sandwich on Ezekiel bread. I don't eat again until noon or 1 am, & feel fine.


For breakfast I have a two egg omelette (plain) or a salad and maybe a piece of fruit, for lunch I'll have a salad or a bowl of plain Japanese rice, with maybe an egg or some tuna, followed by some fruit and for tea I'll have some meat such as pork chops, chicken or stake and some vegetables with it, unless we have something like bolognese/chilli then I'll just have that, usually followed by an activia yoghurt and maybe a piece of fruit.
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Re: How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

Posted 09 July 2013 - 06:55 AM

View PostMathewS, on 09 July 2013 - 09:20 PM, said:

Power naps.


This.

The summer heat is getting to me. I'm alright when it's 18~23 degrees but it's been hitting 30 lately so I'll usually sleep 02:00-07:00, and then 11:00-13:00.

Sleeping too long can make me lethargic too.

I avoid drinking coffee a lot, it also has embarrassing side effects, not just energetic side effects..
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Re: How do you avoid becoming lethargic and drowsy?

Posted 09 July 2013 - 07:34 AM

My first thought was blood sugar, but it looks like you're eating reasonably, so that's probably not it. Caffeine of course is the stock answer but it doesn't actually make you more alert, it just fends off the withdrawal (which leads to crash and headache). Addiction is a wonderful thing, but it's probably not what you need here.

Drink more water, maybe.

Or else it might just be that you need a break - sitting down, thinking about one thing for hours on end can be wearing.
Get up and go for a walk - ten or twenty minutes outside in the fresh air might help you out. Maybe spend a few minutes chatting with one of your co-workers (not while they're head-down in their work, of course) and get out of your own head for a bit. Combine the two, even.
I'm the go-to guy in my office for "why does this work this way?" questions, so I get some opportunities to think about other problems. This can be disruptive sometimes, but usually it just keeps me from getting stuck in mental ruts.

Desk toys can be handy as well. You know the sort - the oddly linked shapes that you have to figure out how to unlink, the Rubik's cube, locks to pick, that sort of thing. Something to give yourself a few minutes break from the code. (as long as they don't end up distracting you from your actual work, that is)
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