It’s 2 o’clock in the afternoon. You have prep work for an upcoming meeting, a status report due to your boss, a co-worker wants input for a joint project, and your inbox has 25 unread messages. You’ve got so much to do, but really, you’d like to take a nap. What do you do when the afternoon slump hits and you need a boost? If you’re like most people, you reach for coffee or a snack to provide energy for the rest of the afternoon.
The problem is the more you load your body with caffeine and sugar, the harder it is to rebound once the caffeine wears off and the sugar bottoms out. What is intended to stimulate productivity often results in a vicious cycle of highs and lows.