Feeling fatigued and can’t seem to shake it? Most issues with being fatigued are linked to problems that can be easily fixed. Look at these five areas of your life to help explain your tiredness.
- Diet. Caffeine or sugar can seem like a quick fix when you need an energy boost, but they actually make things worse. After blood sugar levels spike, they crash, making you more fatigued than you were before. A better solution is to eat a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables and lean protein and to steer clear from crash diets.
- Water intake. Research shows that even mild dehydration affects your mood and it makes you feel more tired. Drinking just a little less water than you normally do can cause fatigue to occur. Be sure to track your water intake to ensure you’re getting the appropriate amounts.
- Sleep. You should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, but millions of Americans have trouble doing this. If you’re one of them, avoid caffeine, alcohol and large meals in the hours before bedtime. Turn off electronics in the evening, especially before going into your room. Try going to bed at the same time each night and keeping your room quiet and dark.
- Exercise. When you start to work out, you feel much less fatigue than those who stay on the couch. When you move more, you not only use more energy, you also have more on a daily basis. Scheduling time to work out and be consistent with how often you exercise can help you feel better overall.
- Stress. Fatigue sets in when you are dealing with more than you can handle. The first step in changing the way you deal with stress is to figure out your body’s stress signals (like anger, headaches, tenseness, or inability to focus). To cope, try short, regular periods of meditation, talks with friends or family about your challenges, regular breaks from work and taking time for yourself.