08 Feb Why Am I Tired All The Time?
Fatigue. It is a hard thing to live with. Perhaps you don’t have to!
There are steps you can take to boost your daytime energy.
This seems like the most obvious solution, but are you getting enough sleep? Sleep is an important part of health. The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute indicate that ⅓ of adults are not getting enough sleep and that this causes serious health complications (including heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, stroke, and obesity!)
Need more or better sleep? Here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Stick to a sleep schedule
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and naps late in the day
- Relax before bed; get rid of any distractions in your sleep environment
It seems like everything comes back to diet. It makes sense that the things you choose to fuel your body have an effect on how it functions. Have you been eating lots of sugar, caffeine, or maybe a bit too much alcohol? All of these things can have negative impacts on your energy!
To start, smaller and more frequent meals will help to keep your energy levels even (you know that crash at 2 p.m.? Let’s avoid it.) Try to avoid sugary or highly processed foods that spike your blood sugars and ultimately result in an energy crash. Eating protein, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables at each small meal will be sure to properly fuel your body so you can get through the day!
Swap out caffeinated, sugary, or alcoholic drinks for water. Hydration is essential for energy. Water helps to carry nutrients throughout your body and remove waste so that you can function at your best.
Getting enough exercise is hard – and harder when you’re feeling sluggish. Exercise not only boosts your energy levels, but it actually helps you get a better night’s sleep so you will wake up the next day with even more energy! Evidence shows that one hour of aerobic activity just three times per week reduces fatigue and improves overall sleep quality. If this sounds daunting, you can start small – it doesn’t have to be a big workout. If you have a midafternoon slump, get up and go for a quick walk, or do a 10 to 15-minute online workout. Exercise adds up, so shoot for three to four 15-minute bursts of activity throughout your day.
I don’t have to tell you that stress is draining. It saps our emotions, fogs our brains, and empties our physical reserves. Tiredness is a common sign of emotional and mental pressures. Taking just a few moments to breathe deeply and relax your body can reduce your blood pressure, allowing your body to catch up. Autogenic relaxation can be done anywhere, any time, and is proven to have a positive effect on mood!
See a doctor
If your tiredness is chronic and is stopping you from doing daily activities or enjoying life it is time to see a doctor! Fatigue is a common symptom of many conditions and most are easily treatable.
Make a doctor’s appointment without delay to get back on your feet and in the game!
If you are too tired to go out, remember you can have an appointment from home by booking with Sabe Wellness