Researchers from an Australian university looked at the activation of reward-processing brain regions at various times throughout the day. They found that the activation of this region peaks in the morning around 10am and in the evening, around 7pm but it dips at a specific time in between.
To come to this conclusion, the researchers compared activation of the brain's reward system in 16 men while performing a gambling task (unspecified) at various times throughout the day .
The conclusion was that if you often find yourself moody in the early afternoon, the good news is that you aren't alone. The peak slump time (isn’t that an oxymoron?) for guys is 2:00pm.
Why did researchers conduct this study? They hope that their findings might help to develop treatments for disorders in which symptoms fluctuate throughout the day, such as depression, substance abuse and sleep disturbances.
- Regularly getting too little sleep
- Poor eating habits
- High stress levels
- A metabolic disorder such as hypoglycemia, pre-diabetes or polycistic ovarian syndrome
- Eat lunch outside to boost vitamin D levels
- Consume proteins instead of carbs
- Chew gum
- Brush your teeth to wake up your senses
- Eat a square of dark chocolate to boost your energy
- Do isometric exercises such as tensing your bicep
- Put a rosemary plant in your office because the scent is energizing
- Rub peppermint oil on your hands because peppermint can be energizing