If you wake up still feeling tired despite getting your full quota of at least 8 hours sleep a night, and your fatigue only gets worse as the day goes on ; your limbs become heavy and tired; you find it difficult to focus on your work, and when the day is over you can’t think of doing anything more taxing than flopping down on the sofa, it can be REALLY frustrating.
If you want to stop feeling frustrated, and more importantly, get to the root cause of your fatigue, check nine out these surprise causes of daily fatigue to see if any of them could be affecting you:
A Lack of Exercise
You could be forgiven for thinking that the less exercise you do, the less tired you will be, but that really is not the case. You see, the more active you are, the better your circulation is and the less tired you will feel throughout the day. Then, when it gets to bedtime because you’ve been active, you’ll find it easier to drop off and have a good night’s sleep. If you’re always feeling fatigued and you don’t exercise, give it a try and see if you start to feel better.
Conversely, if you spend too much of your time exercising, you could end up with the dreaded feeling of daily fatigue too. You see, although 30 -90 minutes of exercise a day is great for boosting energy, if you spend a large portion of your day exercising intensely, you could deplete your body of vital minerals like magnesium, which help your body to stay energetic. So, do visit the gym, but don’t overdo it. Experiment until you find the right balance, and you’ll notice your fatigue drain away.
Alcohol has a sedative effect on the body, so it really shouldn’t be surprising that, if you drink to excess, you’re more likely to experience daily fatigue. However, many people simply do not make that connection. So, if you drink and you want to feel less tired than usual, cut down on the alcohol. If you struggle, then there are lots of Detox Centers that will be able to help you. The sooner you get to grips with alcohol, the sooner your energy levels will return.
If you eat your dinner late in the evening, and it is a particularly heavy meal – like so many meals in this country are – you could end up suffering from acid reflux and when you suffer from reflux, your sleep will become disturbed, which means you’ll wake up feeling tired, rather than refreshed and that feeling will follow you all day long.
Do you drink enough water throughout the day? If not, it could be dehydration that is causing you to feel so tired. When you’re dehydrated, your levels of potassium and sodium plummet as does your blood pressure and since these three things are well-known to cause fatigue, it can be a real problem, so drink up!
Still tired after making changes? See a doctor because you could be suffering from sleep apnea, chronic fatigue syndrome or various other, fatigue-inducing illnesses.