Q: What can I do to get over the 4 o’clock slump?
A: In the summer of 2009, I was working in the snack stand at a water park in West Windsor, NJ. That summer, my co-workers noticed a phenomenon that they jokingly named "the 2 o’clock Lovich slump." Each day, one to three hours after lunch, my smile would fade, my thinking would become foggy, my posture would sag, and I would feel tired.
As a typical young adult, I expected that around lunchtime I would feel hungry and after eating I would feel energized, renewed, and be able to keep a steady pace at work and school. Once I started medical school and learned more about how the body works, I understood that the food I was choosing to eat would only make me feel not hungry. In truth, I was merely filling up my stomach, not my fuel tank.
Let’s take a look at some of the causes for the afternoon blahs and the corresponding solutions that can keep you from hitting the 4 o’clock wall that so many of us hit.