Mastering the Mid-day Recharge (In 15 Minutes)
By: Dave Asprey
October 11, 2011
We’ve all felt it – that sleep feeling that comes on between noon and 2:00 PM. I had it for years – I’d get so sleepy it was annoying. My eyes would get heavy and close by themselves, thoughts would slow, and I’d exist in a daze until something “woke me up”, or I was able to take a nap. If I’d fall asleep, the nap wasn’t short–in fact, most of my afternoon would be lost to sleep that wasn’t even refreshing. Sometimes I’d be groggier after the nap.
Over time, I learned how to use the Bulletproof diet and some performance techniques to fix this problem. Now I rarely get sleepy in the afternoon, and when I do, I know exactly how to be up and running again in 15 minutes flat.
For most of us, the cause of mid-day sleepiness (it’s more sleepiness than actual tiredness/fatigue) is eating too much sugar or carbohydrates around breakfast and not eating enough healthy fats. A sugary morning leads to a quick burst of energy for a few hours followed by a crash in energy levels. By switching to a breakfast of healthy fats like grass-fed butter and MCT oil, with or without protein, and cutting the sugar, you can remove the quick burning energy and replace it with a sustainable energy source that lasts for hours. So if you have the problem of getting sleepy every day just after lunch time, give the Bulletproof Diet a try.
My two favorite Bulletproof tips for starting the day with high energy are:
- Mix a half teaspoon of a high quality pink Himalayan salt in a large glass of water first thing in the morning and drink the whole thing. As we’ll explain in our Bulletproof Executive book, this helps your adrenals get started. For me, and dozens of other people Dave has coached, it’s like flipping on a light switch. This will not contribute to high blood pressure, and it will reduce adrenal stress.
- After your glass of salt water, start the day with Bulletproof Coffee. Clean coffee plus healthy fats like grass-fed butter and MCT equals pure power that lasts for hours.
On days when you get sleepy anyway (happens to many of us who don’t manage our sleep well), here are four energizing techniques that work phenomenally well. Each can take as little as 15 minutes.
Use This Yoga Pose
Find a wall and get into this pose for 15 minutes. This pose nourishes and recharges the adrenal glands. Often I begin this pose very sleepy and by minute 7 or 8, I’m staring wide-eyed at the ceiling alert and ready to go. The extra 7-8 minutes after that really seal the deal. It also brings blood to the head where you can use it!
Power Nap with Pzizz
Take a 15-20 minute power nap using the Pzizz Energizer module. Pzizz Energizer is an audio engine that uses brain entrainment techniques to guide you into real sleep for 15-20 minutes, but then uses the same techniques to wake you up, refreshed and alert. Pzizz creates a new track each time you listen to it. Each track you hear is unique, even though it may sound familiar to you, which is why Pzizz never loses its effectiveness. Try Pzizz for the first time when you don’t feel pressured to wake up. You’ll see how effective it is at guiding you into a restful nap and then waking you up on time, and more alert than before your nap. I’m never groggy after a Pzizz power nap.
Do T-Tapp, an excellent high-intensity detoxifying and energizing workout that takes only 15 minutes. T-Tapp is also the best workout for trimming down and looking better we’ve ever seen, given the small amount of time it takes. Dave added it to the list of Bulletproof techniques after using it during travel. It’s the one workout that causes the most immediate reduction in love handles. You can literally measure the change before and after the workout.
Try Whole Body Vibration
Do a 15-minute Whole Body Vibration session at 30 Hz. 30 Hz is the right speed to stimulate brain activity and boost alertness while accomplishing a powerful detox. Detoxing almost always results in higher energy levels. Dealing with toxins takes energy, so less toxins equals more energy for you. I like this option because it’s passive and I’m often sleepy when I begin. Just standing there on the WBV plate wakes me up within 5 minutes! Check out the high quality and very affordable WBV plate we have on Upgraded Self. This is the one I use. In fact, if you didn’t exercise at all, and only used the WBV plate, you’d be amazed at how strong and in shape you’d be. In addition to waking you up, WBV activates growth hormone.
I use all four of these Bulletproof techniques on different days, depending on how I feel. We’d love to get your feedback in the comments below on how they work for you!
Bulletproof Power Naps
Have you ever heard of coffee naps?
Thats right, drinking coffee right before you take a short nap can help you have a more restful siesta. Many people do not know about this awesome little trick and its easy to understand why we don’t make the connection, we drink coffee to wake up and feel alert, not for deeper naps.
Scientist have observed the effectiveness of a coffee nap and agree that is is more productive than having a coffee or a nap alone.
Check these studies out:
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12531174 Sleep Inertia.
- http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9401427 Suppression of sleepiness in drivers: combination of caffeine with a short nap.
Normally I would only take a nap when traveling or if I’m feeling jet lagged, but when I do nap I opt-in for a coffee nap. It may seem counter intuitive, but sleep and coffee are two of the most Bulletproof things and it just so happens that they do go hand in hand with each other.