As a matter of fact, lack of sleep is not the only reason your energy is low. We reveal common habits that are making you feel tired.
1. Skipping Exercise When You’re Tired
Have you ever skipped your workout because you felt tired? As a matte of fact, skipping exercise is making it worse. Regular workout will boost your strength and improve cardiovascular system, which brings oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. So, next time when you feel like skipping you workout, do it anyway – you won’t regret it!
2. Not Drinking Enough Water
Even 2% reduction of normal fluid level in you body takes a toll on energy level. In fact, dehydration causes lower blood volume, and the blood becomes thicker. As a result, your heart pumps blood less efficiently, and oxygen and nutrients reach muscles and organs at slower speed.
How much water do I need to drink? There is a general rule of at least 8 glasses a day. But you might use this formula: take your weight in pounds and divide it by two. This is the number of ounces of water you need to consume daily.
3. Not Consuming Enough Iron
If you don’t have enough iron in your body, you can be feeling weak, irritable and unable to focus. Less oxygen travels to your muscles and cells. As a result, you feel tired.
To fix that, try to eat iron-rich products: eggs, lean beef, kidney beans, dark green leafy veggies and nuts. Try to also add more vitamin C in your diet, it will help to absorb iron.
4. Living on Junk Food
As a matter of fact, most of the junk food is loaded with sugar and simple carbs. Consuming junk food makes your blood sugar rise rapidly and then drop sharply. Sudden drops causes fatigue and you feel tired. Keep your blood sugar steady by making right food choices. Lean proteins and whole grains at every meal will help.
5. Messy Office Desk
A cluttered desk can limit your brain’s ability to process information and focus. You feel mentally exhausted and tired. Try to clean up your desk at the end of each day. You will have a positive start next morning.
6. Having a Glass of Wine (or two) Before Bad
It might sound tempting to have a glass of wine after a long day. However, it can backfire later at night. When alcohol is metabolized it creates sudden wave in the adrenaline system. This is what makes you to wake up in the middle of the night.
7. Relying on Caffeine to Get Through the Day
Starting your day with a cup of cappuccino is not a big deal. In fact, some studies shows that limited coffee consumption can even be beneficial for your health. However, over-consumption of caffeine can seriously affect your sleep-wake cycle. Try to avoid caffeine six hours before your bedtime.
Have you discovered any habits that making you tired? We hope you will feel great and energized from now on!