Has your pep felt more like a downer lately? If you’re constantly feeling fatigued and tired, read on to see if any of these reasons apply to you:
#1 Unhealthy Diet
If you’re replacing healthy meals and snacks with caffeine and sugar then you will have fluctuating sugar levels, which is one of the most common cause of persistent fatigue. Most people who eat a balanced and wholesome diet feel less tired than those with poor eating habits. So replace your mug of chai and biscuits with a green tea and fruit and eat regular healthy meals for better energy.
#2 Lack of Sleep
This may seem like an obvious reason but many people experience trouble sleeping. If you’re lying awake at night staring at the ceiling, unable to sleep till the early hours of the morning then take some steps to get better sleep. Reduce your caffeine intake till a few hours before bedtime, switch off all electronic devices so the white light doesn’t confuse your sleep hormones and create a a peaceful and sleepy environment a little before bed time. Keep working on these tips and soon you should be snoozing your way to a better day.
#3 Exercise Breeds Energy
Living in Pakistan means we lead a sedentary lifestyle using vehicular transport to move around rather than walking and exercise. This means making exercise a personal priority us essential for your over-all well-being. Exercise doesn’t lead to exhaustion, rather studies have shown it gives you more energy. So make sure you work out 2-3 hours before bedtime so your body has enough time to wind down.
Dehydration is a leading cause of relentless weariness and mood swings (especially in women). Our HTV Tip is simple! Drink up your 8 glasses a day, increasing the amount if it’s hot or you’ve been particularly active.
#5 Lacking Vitamin B12
Insufficient Vitamin B12 in the body decreases the oxygen being supplied to the tissues of the body, causing weariness and fatigue. The fix is easy with eating foods naturally rich in Vitamin B12 like eggs, milk, cheese, meat, fish, shellfish and poultry.
#6 Stressing Out Too Much
Normally, levels of stress hormone (cortisol) are elevated during the day and slowly drop by night time. This is our body’s way of maintaining a normal rhythm for the day but an increase in stress throws this off balance and you can experience fatigue as a result. If you can’t control the sources of your stress, change your reaction to it. Practice meditation and other mindfulness exercises to let go of the worry and give your mind and body a break.
#7 Too Less or Too Much of Iron
Most people are aware that iron deficiency reduces the oxygen delivery to tissues of the body, hence causing fatigue. But did you know that too much iron can also wear you out? If you’re constantly tired, have your iron levels checked and act accordingly.
#8 Underactive Thyroids
Thyroid under activity leads to decreased metabolic function, which makes you feel sluggish and tired. Talk to your doctor about your thyroid and see if you might be at risk of this ailment.
#9 Food Intolerance
If your fatigue problem worsens after a meal, then consult your doctor to eliminate specific foods from your diet that are making you intolerant.
#10 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
One main symptoms of CFS is persistent unexplained exhaustion. If your fatigue lasts more than 6 months, then you might be suffering from CFS and will need to practice better sleeping habits, change in routine and other lifestyle changes to fix it.
Depression also presents with both emotional and physical symptoms, the most common ones being headaches, loss of appetite and fatigue. Make sure you talk to your doctor about these possible factors and get the help you need.