It is a symptom that affects millions of people every day and for which there are hardly any remedies. From the office we rush into the canteen, treat ourselves to a nice meal of soup, main course and dessert, go back to the desk and are suddenly struck by an unending fatigue. Diagnosis: soup coma.
While everything went smoothly in the morning, concentration and motivation were high and the mountain work slowly dwindled, a sensible way of working now seems almost impossible. The eyes are heavy, the thoughts only circle around the cuddly sofa at home and even coffee can not do anything anymore.
Soup coma: Power nap can help
The soup coma, which is also known as schnitzel coma, is a completely natural phenomenon. After eating, the stomach takes a lot of blood to transport the broken nutrients into the liver. The result: The blood pressure drops, we are sleepy, slack and unpowered.
In addition, people generally generally have a biological decline in the afternoon between 1 pm and 2 pm. A nap would be twice as appropriate. Experts advise a ten to twenty minute "power nap". This is usually enough to gather new energy and survive the soup coma. The nap should not last longer than 30 minutes, because then the cycle goes into the cellar and the drowsiness is stronger than before.
Avoid soup coma
Unfortunately, most bosses do not much like having their employees place their heads on their computer keyboard instead of their hands. Apart from that, the desk is not the most comfortable place to sleep. It is better to distract oneself from the fatigue of games such as crossword puzzles or quiz games with colleagues.
But if you want to avoid the soup coma, you do not have to keep a zero diet right away. It is enough, instead of hearty currywurst or fat pork knuckle to eat a light salad or - in fact - a soup. The soup is in fact wrongly suspected in the word soup coma. Easily digestible, low-fat foods do not require so much digestive digestion - so they also need less blood and give the body more energy.
A small digestive walk around the block after lunch has a similar effect to a nap. If the time or the boss does not even allow it, it can help to avoid the elevator on the way back from the canteen and take the stairs. This gets the circulation going, provides the body with oxygen and gives the soup coma no chance.