Is this the culprit of your afternoon crashes?
It's like slamming into a brick wall.
Every afternoon, like clockwork, you're so tired you have to find a place for a snooze.
While there's nothing wrong with a regular siesta and there are even health benefits to napping...this is different.
You don't WANT a nap. You NEED one.
On the surface, it doesn't seem to make sense. You wake up after a full night of rest. Heck, you might feel so good you practically leap out of bed.
But by midday, you're out of steam -- and guys, if that sounds familiar, new reason might show why... and it's not poor sleep at night.
It's lousy eating during the day!
Men who eat a lot of fatty foods are 78 percent more likely to suffer from daytime sleepiness than men who limit their fats.
This isn't just true in younger men or older men. It's true across the board, from ages 35 right up to 80, according to the study.
That means the real secret to all-day energy isn't an extra cup of coffee OR a nap.
It's in eating less of the junk you know you shouldn't be eating anyway.
Of course, it's not always poor diet behind your drowsiness. In some cases, it could be a sign of chronic disease -- including diabetes -- even if you're not aware you have it yet.
In other cases, feeling sleepy in the daytime even after what you think was a full night of sleep can be a warning sign of sleep apnea, the condition where you stop breathing in the night.
It can wake you up dozens or even hundreds of times each night, but because you fall right back asleep you probably won't even notice it.
The new study finds that men who eat the fattiest diets also have a higher risk of apnea -- mostly because folks who eat too much fatty food tend to be overweight, and that by itself is a major risk factor for apnea.
But even without obesity, apnea, or other chronic health conditions, fatty food was linked to low energy in the middle of the day. So, if you've been running out of fuel in the afternoon yourself, it's time to rethink what you're eating.
Give your diet a simple makeover and remove the bad fats -- especially the junk foods. You'll enjoy better health overall, sleep better at night, and get the all-day energy you need to make it to the evening.
You can still nap -- but when you WANT to, not because you NEED to.