Afternoon delete

About 3 pm every weekday, the yawns come fast and furious. I’ve always considered this a by-product of my screwy circadian rhythms: should I wake at 3 am, I’m likely going to be too hyper to get back to sleep, and left to my own devices, I’ll rapidly adjust to a 26-hour day, which is fine if I’m going to Bajor, but not useful in this part of the Alpha Quadrant.

Not that I’m at all alone with this condition:

I usually get around 6-1/2 to 7 hours each night. Even with a lot of sleep, I still can get drowsy in the afternoon.

After the little research I made on the condition, I realized the suggestion of a nap was missing. Otherwise, doing what the body is demanding is not an option. I’m guessing this is due to the fact it’s taboo in our society to sleep while at work.

Well, of course. Getting a nap might make you smarter, and we certainly can’t have that.


  1. GradualDazzle »

    10 November 2011 · 6:50 am

    My students and I have, on many days, wished that we could somehow make sixth period (the one right after lunch) into an optional naptime. The kindergarteners all get one, and they don’t like it, so maybe they could give it to us instead…?

  2. fillyjonk »

    10 November 2011 · 7:37 am

    I’ve also heard of doing stuff like a few jumping jacks to get the blood flowing again.

    Me? I can’t nap during the day even if I want to. I usually rely on a cup of tea at lunch and maybe another in the afternoon to keep going.

  3. Jeff Brokaw »

    10 November 2011 · 12:26 pm

    I used to have that problem, until I learned (at like 38 years old) about my mild form of hypoglycemia. Getting sleepy after meals is an indicator for it. So I switched to smaller lunches, and it went away. And now I never get the afternoon yawns any more … unless I have a big lunch, especially one with too many carbs.

    So it is, for me at least, purely a behavioral thing, and I can manage it by eating right. I suspect a lot of people are in this same boat and don’t even realize it. The keys are (1) eat more protein and fat, (2) reduce carbs, and (3) eat a decent breakfast.

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