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Feeling sluggish at midday is as natural as the sun rising in the east. Before the sun sets, your energy stores are bound to run empty—not even your morning cup of joe will help. “Everything works in an eight-hour shift,” says Rosalina Espiritu-Picar, MD, a neurologist specializing in sleep medicine at Makati Medical Center. It means you’ll feel sleepy eight hours after you wake up.

Dr. Picar has a ready solution: the power nap. She suggests nothing more than 15 minutes of midday nap time to recharge you for the next eight hours. Aside from that, Greek researchers report that midday breaks make you 37% less likely to be a coronary mortality stat. If you need to squeeze precious time awake, here’s another relevant finding for you. Danish researchers found that if you exercise at an average of 15 minutes a day, you’re 61% less stressed and thus you expend less energy. Try this slump busters while you’re fastened steady at cubicle land:

1. Have a stress ball handy at your desk. Squeeze for one second and work up to 60 reps. Do the same using the opposite hand. (3 minutes)

2. Hold a heavy book overhead with one hand. Bend your elbow and lower the book behind your head. Then slowly press it back up to starting position. Do 20 reps and repeat on the opposite hand. (3 minutes)

3. Stand and put your right foot behind your left ankle. Using your desk as support, do 30 toe raises. Pause for a second on top of the movement. Then do the same using your right leg. (3 minutes)


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