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8. Mental Fitness > 71. Navigate Around the Post-Lunch Dip

Navigate Around the Post-Lunch Dip

Recognize the differences in your state of mind at different times of the day.

One function of your biological clock is to adjust your level of wakefulness during the day. As a general rule, concentration and logical reasoning peak between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and alertness peaks between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. A sleepy feeling in the early afternoon known as the post-lunch dip is common. A large lunch with alcoholic drinks will clearly contribute to the effect, but the effect is present even without it.

These patterns aren’t the only diurnal fluctuations in awareness, which vary from person to person. Mapping your own variation in mindset over the course of the day will allow you to plan accordingly. The intention is to use the pattern to your advantage, instead of trying to maintain some optimal state.


  

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