If you are constantly wondering, why am I always tired? You are not alone. Two out of every 5 adults report feeling wiped out most of the week and research shows that 1 in 3 adults fail to get enough sleep. Fatigue is a common symptom of several conditions and diseases, but in most cases, it is caused by simple lifestyle factors. Fortunately, these are most often easy things to fix. This article lists potential reasons why you’re always tired and provides recommendations for ways to get your energy back!
Consuming too many refined carbs can cause you to feel tired throughout the day. When sugar and processed carbs are consumed, they cause a rapid rise in your blood sugar. This signals your pancreas to produce a large amount of insulin to get the sugar out of your blood and into your cells. This spike in blood sugar levels, and subsequent fall, can make you feel exhausted. Luckily, there is research suggesting some foods can protect you against tiredness. For instance, okra and dried bonito broth contain compounds that may decrease fatigue and increase alertness. Good foods for weight loss are also highly recommended.
Living a sedentary lifestyle could also be the root cause of your low energy. Research has shown that exercising can reduce fatigue among healthy people and those with other illnesses, such as cancer. What’s more, even minimal increases in physical activity is beneficial. If you aren’t a fan of the gym (don’t worry I am with you girl!) Try and stand rather than sit down, take the stairs instead of the elevators or walk instead of driving short distances.
Not getting enough sleep is one of the more obvious causes of fatigue. Your body does many things while you sleep, including store memory and release hormones that regulate your metabolism and energy levels. After a night of high-quality sleep, you typically wake up feeling refreshed, alert and energized. Sleep should also be restful and uninterrupted to allow your brain to go through all five stages of each sleep cycle. To improve the amount and quality of your sleep, try go to bed at the same time every night.
High stress levels may have a profound effect on your energy levels and quality of life. Although some stress is normal, excessive levels of stress has been linked to fatigue in numerous studies. Engaging in mind-body practices may help you to feel more energetic and better able to come with stress.