The real reasons you are tired

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Getting plenty of sleep but still always feel exhausted?

We all have busy lives that can make us tired but you would be amazed at how some of the little things you do (and don’t do) can exhaust you mentally and physically and make getting through the day a chore.

We’ve had a look at same of the bad habits that make you feel shattered and you’d be surprised how a few changes can put a spring back into your step.

Skipping Exercise
Dropping a workout to save energy can actually do the opposite. Exercising lightly three days a week for as little as 20 minutes can make you feel more energised and alive. This is because it boosts strength and mood; helps your cardiovascular system become more effective and delivers oxygen and nutrients to your body. Rather than sitting on the sofa, get up and go for a run, bike ride or play tennis and we are sure you won’t regret it.

Not eating enough
We often hearing about eating too much in the media, but not taking in enough of the right foods can be bad for you. If you start the day with sweet tea and muffins, you will find that by mid-morning your blood sugar levels will crash leaving you feeling sluggish and needing a nap. It is best to go for a healthy breakfast eggs and wholemeal toast, to keep your energy levels stable. Load up on fruit, vegetables, whole grains and lean protein during the day and you’ll feel so much better on so many levels.

Dehydrated
It is really easy to become dehydrated and losing as little as 2% of your body’s normal water content can cause your energy levels to drop. Working in an air-conditioned office, going for a run or just forgetting to drink regularly can deplete fluid levels – fast. When this happens your blood pressure drops causing headaches, fatigue and loss of concentration. It is a good idea to limit caffeine and to drink at least two litres of water a day. If you find H2O boring, add mint, lemon or cucumber to liven things up.

You are too stressed
Stress has become a 21st century buzz word but something can be really damaging. As well as causing ulcers, gray hair and mood swings, stress can be mentally exhausting. Getting outdoors, meditating, exercising, or talking with a friend can help you cope better and become more realistic about the challenges you face.

You hate your job.
Busy jobs and demanding careers can make you tired but if you don’t enjoy what you do, it can make you miserable. If you aren’t able to move jobs, look at ways you can make changes to make things better. Maybe look for a promotion, change desks, tidy your workspace, go out to more meetings and actually take a break at lunchtime. You never know, it could help changes things around and give you a decent sleep at last.

Your bedroom is a mess
Your bedroom is meant to be a sanctuary so if it is piled high with dirty clothes, shoes and papers, you’re sleep may well suffer. Spring clean your room so it is comfortable and conducive to rest. Before you go to sleep, tidy up, turn off devices, dim the lights, use a delicate lavender spray on your pillow and your brain will thank you.

Underactive thyroid
An underactive thyroid gland means you don’t have enough of the thyroid hormone (thyroxine) in your body and this makes you feel tired. It can also make you put on weight and cause aches and pains.

If you are worried about your tiredness you should contact your GP to get it checked out and we hope before long you will be sleeping like a baby.

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