We all do it, there are days when we feel like a zombie when we've just got out of bed. You might be thinking that you're alone in this, but ask anyone and you'll probably be met with a lot of sympathy and advice. Stress, a busy life, late nights or lots of exercise...it all adds up.
There are lots of health issues that can cause you to feel tired, take a look at these reasons and decide if any of them are affecting you.
You've done a lot more sitting around recently.
Working from home, and just popping to the loo every couple of hours isn't getting your heart rate up a lot. Add to that, we've not been getting out as much as we did before, so evenings in front of the TV are a lot more common.
The human body gets more tired with progressive sedentary habits, basically your body takes a use it or lose it approach and so if you don't exercise regularly you'll feel more tired. And when you do start moving sometimes it gets even worse.
The answer - Get moving!...it doesn't have to be running or weights, do something you enjoy. Walking, dancing...anything you like just move. The recommendation is 2 and a half hours a week, half an hour over 5 days. You can do that.
You've been overdoing the sugar and refined carbohydrates
When you eat things full of sugar and things like white bread, pasta and pastries it causes a spike in blood sugar. Initially they make you feel great, lots of energy and happy but unfortunately you're going to crash a little later down the road. If you continue to OD on these things it can lead to problems with your insulin production and then diabetes...as well as making you feel exhausted.
The answer - Cut back, ideally get rid of refined products all together if. Now that will take time so look for alternatives like coconut sugar. You can also substitute your sugary snack with fruit topped with nut butter.
You're dealing with depression
Being depressed makes you exhausted. If you're feeling sad, anxious or empty, if you're irritable, feel worthless or guilty, or can't find pleasure in anything, then that could be a sign that you need to talk things out. It doesn't need to be a professional, just talking openly about things can often do you the world of good
You've got an issue with gluten
Gluten is the protein found in wheat, barley and rye, and in some people it causes bloating, diarrhoea, constipation, gas, nausea and.....tiredness.
The answer - A Dr will have to diagnose you, but you can try cutting out all products containing gluten for a few days
to see if that has and effect before taking
You're not getting enough sleep
This may sound simple, and you may think you don't need it, but according to the National Sleep Foundation you should be enjoying between seven and nine hours of sleep a night.
Sleep rejuvenates the cells in our bodies and our mind, get less and you'll be paying for it in some way.
The answer - Look at all the reasons above are they causing you not to get the sleep you need, or is it something else? Remove mobile devices from the bedroom, make it cozy, do a meditation, make it dark.....or maybe the person you're sleeping with is snoring ( you're going to have to sort that out)
There are lots more reasons too, some more serious than others. Feeling tired is normal, but constant fatigue isn't, and if you're struggling you really should see your doctor.
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