From tiredness and anxiety to dizziness and excessive sleepiness, dealing with fatigue on a daily basis can be really hard. Even if you get the required 6-8 hours of sleep every night and have a healthy exercise routine, some of your habits may be the surprising cause of your decreasing energy levels. Take a look at what you’re doing wrong!
Did you know that your blood volume is determined by how hydrated you are? Blood volume is responsible for how efficiently nutrients and oxygen run through your bloodstream. When you’re dehydrated, you experience dizziness and excessive sleepiness. Also, your body gets less fluids and your blood volume reduces. So, even if you’re mildly dehydrated – you could end up feeling fatigued!
The next time you need a pick-me-up try not to resort to sugary food, as they lower your energy levels. Refined sugar raises blood sugar levels and when they’re elevated, your body releases insulin. This triggers tryptophan, which is converted to serotonin – the eventual result is fatigue! Increase your intake of vitamins and super foods as you reduce your consumption of sugary foods to avoid vitamin deficiency symptoms and balance your diet. You can start taking antioxidant capsules that contain acai berry, which, unlike sugar, stimulates your immune system, fighting fatigue.
It may be known as a nightcap, but it isn’t going to help you sleep any better! Drinking alcohol just before you go to bed will help you fall asleep faster as it can lead to excessive sleepiness, but it reduces REM sleep. REM is Rapid Eye Moment – which is when you sleep deeply enough to dream. Not having enough of this sleep elevates the symptoms of fatigue when you wake up.
If you need to watch that latest television show at night or you can’t ignore a late-night text, be prepared to experience fatigue the next day! The artificial light in devices such as your phone and TV disrupts the production of melatonin, which is a chemical that regulates your sleep cycle.
Even if you’re not hungry, you need to eat a hearty, healthy breakfast. And no, that granola bar doesn’t count. Think about it this way – your body has been devoid of nutrition for at least (if you’re sleeping well!) 6-8 hours. So, it’s no surprise really that skipping the first meal of the day will make you tired through the rest of it. However, make sure that the foods you consume are healthy enough to keep fatigue at bay.