Dr. Taz MD’s Weekly Q&A, November 6th, 2013

Q: I am having trouble staying awake and alert throughout my workday. I get a full 8 hours of rest a night, yet I find myself yawning and becoming groggy early in the afternoon. What can I do to combat this?

A: Your symptoms sound like classic adrenal fatigue. After long bouts of chronic stress, the body has trouble healing itself even after proper rest. Try boosting your daytime energy with morning and early afternoon protein. Protein shakes or smoothies are great, easy to go options. Adrenal Adaptogens, like ashwaghanda or ginseng may also help beat the afternoon slump. If this still does not help your fatigue, have your doctor check your hormone levels, especially your thyroid.