16 Oct Do You Feel Sleepy After Breakfast?
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This is Part 2 of – How to Beat Tiredness and Double Your Energy Level
It’s powerful stuff and I don’t want you to miss it.
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Food impacts circadian rhythm.
What kind of food?
If you want to get up feeling refreshed in the morning, you need to time your protein intake equally between meals.
Here’s what I mean –
Most of us are used to the idea of slathering jam on bread in the morning, followed by your coffee or Milo with sugar which gives you carb-induced coma by the time you reach your office desk.
Do you really expect a change in your energy level if you keep repeating the same cycle of breakfast?
The following nugget of information really blew my mind because so few people know about this.
Orexin, a neuropeptide that regulates arousal, is one of a stimulator of wakefulness.
And one way to increase orexin levels is to time your protein intake.
So, by having protein in the morning, this will keep your glucose and insulin at a steady level, thus reducing the chances of a morning slump as with a heavy carbo-laden breakfast (High glucose levels reduces orexin levels).
Besides, protein keeps you satiated!
:: Practical Application ::
Try this – Instead of loading on carbo (yes, that includes oatmeal) the first thing in the morning, add in some protein!
Good old fashioned eggs for breakfast are rich in vitamin B6 and amino acid tryptophan will improve wakefulness during the day.
The reason I give eggs as an example is because –
1) It’s easy & practical
2) I don’t know anyone who has a gigantic appetite to eat a steak or steamed fish for breakfast
Unless you had a gruelling workout, then you’d need to add in more carbs and protein for recovery process.
The intake of protein will keep your glucose and insulin at a steady level.
So, play around with your balance of carbo and protein during your breakfast and notice how you feel with a heavier protein meal.
Want another tip?
Think about skewing more of your daily calories earlier in the day.
Because we use more energy during the day.
In other words, eat during day light hours or as close to that as possible, leaving the evening for digestion, rest and sleep.
P.S. You may not want to do everything all at once the first time, try them out one by one.
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