15 Sneaky Reasons You’re Always Tired from 15 Sneaky Reasons You’re Always Tired
15 Sneaky Reasons You’re Always Tired
15 Sneaky Reasons You’re Always Tired
Constant fatigue is a very uncomfortable, but very common, physical state. YouGov’s latest research shows that a significant number of Americans don’t feel fully rested for most of the week. Only 15 percent report not waking up feeling tired even one day a week. But lack of sleep is just one – and the most obvious – reason why you feel lethargic as soon as you open your eyes. Other sneaky factors sapping your energy can be as simple as clutter in your office or keeping the temperature in your home too high.
You need more water
Dehydration is making you sick in more than one way. Lack of water slows everything in the body down, including cell function, leaving you feeling sleepy and tired. Blood volume drops, which makes the heart work harder. Adequate hydration is dependent on many different factors, such as your size, activity levels and sweat rate. The best indicator of your hydration is your urine. Someone who is well-hydrated will produce clear or light-colored urine. Dark-colored urine is a sign of dehydration.
You need to clean your home
Remove as many little messes from your life as possible. By cleaning your life up, you will clear your cluttered mind, according to research. These will be things such as clearing out your closets of all the clothes you haven't worn for two years, shredding all the statements and paperwork you don't need anymore, and removing the clutter from your kitchen and bathroom cabinets. Eliminating these distractions and messes from your life is like untangling a knot inside of you.
You have a thyroid problem
Fatigue is a very important sign of low thyroid. Since hyperthyroidism increases your metabolism, many individuals initially have a lot of energy, according to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. However, as the hyperthyroidism continues, the body tends to break down, so being tired is very common. If you are constantly tired after sleeping enough hours and not doing a strenuous activity, check your thyroid gland.
Lower the heat
This is one surprising way to add years to your life. The heater dries out the air indoors, which can lead to inflamed skin. An acceptable wintertime temperature indoors is 70 degrees for the living room and at least 64 degrees for other rooms, according to the West Midlands Public Health Observatory. Feeling too hot will prevent you from falling asleep or you’ll be tossing and turning trying to feel comfortable, resulting in you feeling lethargic in the morning.
You wake up late
Try to stick to the same sleep-wake schedule even when you don’t have to get up early for work. Getting up at 6 a.m. every day, and then suddenly sleeping until 1 p.m. on weekends, disrupts the body’s internal clock. “The time you wake up determines the ability to fall asleep at night,” Dr. Karl Doghramji, Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, says. If you wake up late, falling asleep may be a problem. The bigger the difference in shut-eye time, the more jet lag symptoms you’ll experience.
You need more magnesium
Magnesium is a muscle relaxant that improves sleep quality, according to a study. That’s why many of the foods recommended for consumption to help people sleep well have high levels of it. Magnesium deficiency is associated with other neurological issues such as anxiety and hyperactivity (which also contribute to fatigue). The mineral has a lot to do with electrolyte imbalances and nerve transmission. Too little of it can leads to chronic bad mood, low energy and clinical depression.
You don’t work out
The price of leading an inactive lifestyle is high and it comes in the form of physical pain, tiredness, and obesity. It is common knowledge that people who work out on a regular basis have more energy. In fact, cancer patients’ symptoms improved when they began exercising more, a study shows. Other research suggests that light exercise reduced feelings of fatigue by as much as 65 percent and boosted energy levels by 20 percent.
You’re sleep deprived
Like eating, sleep is a biological need, and a recommended amount of shut-eye varies from person to person. Some thrive after seven hours, others need at least 10. The National Sleep Foundation recently updated its recommendations for how much snooze time people really need. Sleep deprivation affects your overall health more severely than simply feeling grumpy in the mornings; you gain weight, your learning and problem-solving abilities suffer, and you have trouble forming memories.
You have iron deficiency
You try to be perfect in everything
Being a perfectionist is not always a good thing. Striving for excellence is a much healthier approach than striving for perfection because the latter is unattainable and, therefore, inherently stress-inducing, which will inevitably lead to exhaustion. Aiming to be perfect will make you work longer and harder than necessary. Learn to prioritize and know what to invest your energy in.
Don’t skip breakfast
Breakfast is not the most important meal of the day; they are all equally vital. Just like you don’t skip lunch, you can’t skip breakfast. Have some food to get your metabolism kicking and enough energy to start the day. That means you won’t be overeating later, which will make you feel tired as well because your body has too much food to process. Studies have shown that skipping breakfast was associated with a significantly higher risk of obesity.
You eat the wrong kind of food
The body needs proper fuel to function correctly and that means feeding it healthy foods with enough nutrients. The worse food you put in your body, the worse you will feel. Don’t fill up on refined sugar, complex carbs and processed foods. Unhealthy eating habits lead to inflammation, which causes oxidative stress (imbalance between the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to detoxify their harmful effects), making you look older and feel exhausted.
You drink before bed
Alcohol is not stored the same way fat or carbs are. The body has to work harder, which makes you tired. Alcohol depletes important minerals that are essential to the recovery process, especially after a workout. People who have been drinking fall asleep quicker, but alcohol reduces rapid eye movement (REM), which is when you dream and actually rest, so you feel tired when you wake up.
You drink too much coffee
Caffeine is one of the most dangerous legal drugs on the market. The problem is when people drink too much of it – or more than 3-4 cups a day. The safe amount for most healthy adults is 300-400 mg a day, which is equivalent to one Starbucks Venti brewed coffee. Studies show that consuming caffeine even six hours before bed disturbs sleep quality.
You may be pre-diabetic
Diabetes symptoms can be subtle which is why people often don’t know they have the disease for months. Food goes into the digestive tract and is broken down into smaller molecules of nutrients for the blood to absorb and carry to cells throughout the body. When it doesn’t have the transporter anymore, which is the insulin, the cells don’t get the energy they need and are starving. All the sugar is stuck in the blood and you feel exhausted.