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Mid-day sleepiness common problem

Need a nap?

(NC) Healthy-worker.ca, an initiative by Public Services Health & Safety Association, recommends ways to counter mid-day sleepiness on the job.

Sleep rules. Adults need seven to nine hours of sleep and anything short of that can lead to fatigue, along with other negative health outcomes including obesity, depression and diabetes.

Limit stimulants. Limit your intake of coffee and caffeinated drinks such as soda or energy drinks, especially before bedtime.

Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of water. When you become dehydrated, you’ll feel drained of energy and it will leave you struggling to stay awake.

Exercise is key. If you’re feeling tired, it may not occur to you to get up and move around, but you should. Exercise will increase blood flow, supply oxygen to your body and brain, and give you the energy boost you need.

Don’t worry, be happy. Always try to remain positive. A negative mindset can activate the body’s stress response system, causing fatigue and other health issues.

Take breaks. It’s easy to forget, especially if you’re working on deadline, but taking short breaks allows your body to recover and your mind to refocus.

Be mindful. Even a 10-minute morning meditation practice has been proven to reduce anxiety, help you stay focused and keep you mindful of your surroundings throughout the day.

Get tips on finding balance and staying healthy and safe at healthy-worker.ca.

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