A night view in SydneyOne of the best things about summer is the long late nights spent outside. When the days are hot, the evening is cool, and it’s pleasant to stay outside even after the late sunset.

But what if you’re finding you just don’t have enough energy to make it through the day? You may find that you’re running out of energy in the midafternoon, and by the time evening rolls around you’re wiped out already.

Here are some things you can look for that might be contributing to your afternoon crash.

Too Much Sugar

Depending on who you listen to, the average Australian consumes 42 to 53 kg of sugar a year. Either way, that’s a lot, especially when you consider what that sugar consumption means on a daily basis. Because sugar is easy for your body to utilize, you will experience a rush of easy energy followed by a rapid crash later on (not to mention the risk of cavities).

To try to balance out your daily energy, eat a more balanced diet with plenty of slow-digesting protein. Protein enters the body more slowly, so although you may not feel the boost you get from sugar, you won’t have the crash, either, and you’ll get great energy all day long.

Skipping Meals

Another way to give yourself a major energy crash is by skipping meals. Even if you’re on a diet, skipping a meal is not a good idea. Your body thinks there might be a supply problem and it tries to conserve energy by cutting down on activity, which is what can make you feel drowsy. Worst of all, because your body enters this low-energy state, you won’t be losing as much weight when you skip meals.

Poor Posture

Poor posture throughout the day is bad for your body. When your body is in an inefficient configuration of components, it can’t maximize its energy. This can also be an effect of TMJ.

Dehydration

If you’re getting outside during the heat of the day, it’s easy to get dehydrated, and, as a result, you will experience common dehydration symptoms such as fatigue. Stay hydrated when you get out, and if you’re out drinking, make sure to drink a glass of water between alcoholic beverages.

Stress

Stress will cause your body to burn out faster than just about anything else. When you’re stressed, your body puts you in a heightened state, that fight-or-flight state, and it costs energy to stay there. As a result, you get worn out early in the day.

Sleep Apnea

But you may not have that much energy to burn in your day, anyway. If you suffer from sleep apnea, you’re not getting much sleep at night, no matter how long you’re in bed. If you find yourself waking up fatigued, no matter how long you’ve spent in bed, or if you just can’t shake daytime drowsiness, you should be evaluated for sleep apnea.

If you are looking for a comfortable, convenient sleep apnea treatment in Sydney, please call (02) 9686 7375 for an appointment at My Hills Dentist in Baulkham Hills.