Symptoms, conditions and causes

Why do feel like needing afternoon nap?

Need for an afternoon nap can create difficulties in your day. The important thing to know is that it is a condition which is connected to your blood sugars. Fixing your diet will remedy the need for naps during the day.

Cause #1: Blood sugar crash

Consuming carbs and sweets will increase blood sugar. Your body will lower the blood sugar amounts below normal levels by producing Insulin (fat-storing hormone). As a result, low blood sugar will cause sleepiness, low energy as well as will cause you to feel hungry, even though you just ate recently. This can be the cause of needing to nap during the day.


  • Avoid snacking

  • Avoid carbohydrates/sweets

  • Do intermittent fasting

  • Do the Healthy Keto® diet

Cause #2: Low stomach acid

We need high stomach acidity to be able to break down and digest the load of food that we consume. If your stomach is not acidic enough, this can result in the food just sitting there in the stomach and not being digested fast enough. This can cause afternoon sleepiness.


Consume the following before your meals:

  • apple cider vinegar (1 to 2 teaspoons stirred into about a cup of water)

  • betaine hydrochloride

Cause #3: Poor quality of sleep

If you had a bad night of sleep this can result in the need for an afternoon nap. If your sleep quality is high and you rest and recover well at night, then you will not feel sleepy during the day, provided that your blood sugar levels are normal and food is digested well.


  • Take B vitamins (nutritional yeast)

  • Take magnesium

  • Go to bed before 11PM

  • Avoid electromagnetic fields around you before going to bed:

    • put your phone on airplane mode and don’t have it close to you

    • unplug all devices from the outlet in your bedroom

    • for a few hours before going to bed, try to avoid using the computer, phone etc.

  • At least 30 minutes before going to bed turn the lights off in the room

  • Improve adrenal glands (see adrenal fatigue chapter)

    (Note, as people get older, the length of sleeping time at night usually becomes less. If you are applying the remedies above, you may still need to nap during the day to make up for not sleeping enough at night. This will help you to stay energetic and alert the rest of the day).

Last updated: Jun 14, 2023 14:46 PM