How to Avoid Being Tired at Work the Day After the Big Game

How to Avoid Being Tired at Work the Day After the Big Game

Expect to see some empty desks the day after the Super Bowl. According to the Workforce Institute, one in 10 U.S. workers, or roughly 16.5 million Americans, may miss work on on Monday. Those who trudge to the office can be sure of one thing: They’ll be tired at work. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered! Here are five tips to help keep your workplace productivity high and your energy up the day after the big game or any day when your alarm clock seems to ring earlier than usual.

1. Eat a good breakfast

You know Starbucks is always hopping Monday mornings. Coffee’s great, of course, but a full breakfast can be even better at helping you avoid being tired at work. Rather than relying on caffeine to keep you awake, eat a hearty meal first thing so you stay fueled throughout the day. Skip the sugary cereals and load up on protein and whole grains instead.

2. Stay hydrated

Go out of your way to stop by the water cooler on your way to the printer … and the restroom … and your afternoon meeting. My point: Drink lots of water so you remain hydrated all day long. Dehydration can cause you to lose focus, feel sluggish and be less productive at work.

3. Keep your schedule light

As much as possible, try to postpone any big projects or important meetings until Tuesday. (After all, it is the most productive day of the week.) If you're feeling tired at work and not operating at full speed on Monday, you want to focus on less-taxing tasks if you can.

4. Don’t overdo the post-game analysis

Everyone will want to talk about the game — and the commercials. That’s totally fine. But don’t let chitchat sideline you from your actual work. Also avoid spending too much time on Facebook or surfing the Web for replays.

5. Get moving

Feeling tired at work right around three or four o’clock? We all know when the afternoon slump hits. If your eyelids suddenly feel heavy, get out of your chair. Standing, stretching or taking a quick lap around the office can help get your blood pumping and give you the boost you need to make it through the rest of the day. A quick bite can also boost your workplace productivity right when you need a shot in the arm the most. Check out some of our favorite snacks to keep stamina high.

Of course, one of the best ways to avoid being tired at work is to not go to work at all. No, I'm not suggesting you play hooky! Just plan ahead for next year. It's never too early to put in your request to take the Monday after Super Bowl LI off.

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This post was originally published in January 2014 and has been updated to reflect more current information.