5 Easy Ways to Beat the 3 O’clock Slump

3 pm slump

Ever wonder why we’re so damn tired at three in the afternoon?

Or why it seems natural to siesta at that time of the day?

Well, besides the fact that we drink too many stimulants, eat too much sugar and don’t eat enough protein-rich foods earlier in the day?

I discovered something about this while studying to be a nutritionist.

It has to do with meridians. I’ll keep it short because your kids are probably about to arrive home from school or you still have a 100-page report to fire out and your brain is feeling like jello.

In acupuncture and Chinese medicine, a meridian is a pathway in the body along which vital energy is said to flow. There are twelve such pathways associated with specific organs.

Between 3 and 5 p.m., the bladder meridian should be at its strongest. The bladder meridian governs the nervous system because it houses the nerves along the spine.

If you were to take a nap between these hours, you’d be rejuvenating your nervous system. But unless you live in a country whose work and school schedule is organized around siesta, you’ll probably be at your busiest and further depleting your nervous system at that time.

Find out more here! 5 Easy Ways to Beat the 3 O’Clock Slump. | elephant journal


  1. WHen coming dowm with my auto-immune illnes I found the 3pm slump in work the most embarassing.
    Changing my diet and get real help for my condition has changed my life and even though living in a country that respects the siesta (Spain) I no longer have that slump.
    Carry on giving people the information to make good life choices, its so important.

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