Do you feel tired constantly?
Not all of us are blessed with a perfect balance in life, which leads to us spending most of our day complaining about how tired we are, but unable to sleep at night. Thus, the cycle repeats itself. But, lack of sleep isn't the only thing that's got us feeling tired constantly, there's more to it than meets the eye. Here are some of the most common mistakes that drain the energy out of us.
Several doctors and researchers have pointed out just how important it is to have your first meal of the day, aka breakfast. Breakfast is literally what you need to break your fast and fuel you. “Eating breakfast is like starting a fire in your body by kickstarting your metabolism,” says Amy Goodson, RD, a dietitian for Texas Health Ben Hogan Sports Medicine. Goodson suggests including a diet of grains, lean protein, and healthy fat.
According to Allen Towfigh, MD, medical director of New York Neurology & Sleep Medicine, P.C., in New York City, sleeping late causes you to wake up feeling groggy and unsatisfied because you haven't gotten enough sleep. This encourages you to catch up on some sleep in the afternoon to feel refreshed, which might be the worst thing to do. “Napping for 20 minutes or so allows the body to recharge without entering the deeper stages of sleep, which can cause you to wake up more tired,” he says.
Yes, sometimes the only thing that can help you get through the day is a cup of coffee. Or three, but that's about it. However, anything more than that can actually disrupt your sleep-wake cycle, says Dr. Towfigh. A study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine shows that consuming caffeine even six hours prior to bedtime can affect your sleep, so it's best to have your last cup of coffee by evening.
When a friend or colleague asks you for help, do you say yes even if it drains you mentally? Well, that could be part of the problem. It can make you angry and resentful over time, says Susan Albers, a licensed clinical psychologist with Cleveland Clinic and author of Eat.Q.: Unlock the Weight-Loss Power of Emotional Intelligence. “Try it alone in your car,” she says. “Hearing yourself say the word aloud makes it easier to say it when the next opportunity calls for it.”
A call from your boss about a surprise meeting or a missed call from a friend got you thinking the worst? This means you're guilty of "catastrophizing" says Irene S. Levine, PhD, professor of psychiatry at the New York University School of Medicine. This anxiety can paralyze you and affect you in the long run. It's best to go out and get some fresh air when you start having worrisome thoughts.
Water is your best friend, people. It helps your system work without a glitch and also flushes out all the bad things in your body. Not having enough water causes dehydration, which in turn, causes a reduction in blood volume, explains Goodson, which makes the blood thicker. To calculate your normal fluid needs, take your weight in pounds, divide in half and drink that number of ounces of fluid a day, Goodson recommends.
You think that just because you're tired, your daily dose of physical activity will cause you to tire out more. In fact, even a brisk walk when you're tired can boost your energy. So crashing on the couch won't help, but a small walk will.
You are what you eat, homie. It's best to keep your diet clean and healthy. Sure, junk is easier to access, but it can also mess with your body a lot more, and sometimes it's hard to reverse the damages.
Your space needs to be as clean as possible to help you think straight. The sight of clutter mentally exhausts you by restricting your ability to focus and limits your brain’s ability to process information At the end of the day, straighten out your desk and your space so that you start the next morning feeling fresh.
All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. It's ver important that you set time limits when it comes to work because it could lead to a burnout otherwise. It also helps to take a break from work at times because that will help you come back with bigger and better ideas.