Yawn! Frequently feeling tired, listless and drained? Anyone who is feeling plagued by tiredness during the day should take a closer look at their lifestyle – there can be any number of reasons for this fatigue. The good news is that there are generally a few simple tricks that you can use to combat the drowsiness. Read on to discover 5 reasons why you often feel tired and how you can change that.
1. Poor sleep
Even if you get to bed on time in the evenings, there is no guarantee that you will get a good night’s sleep. So the next day you feel tired. Poor sleep means that it can take you a very long time to fall asleep or that you frequently wake up during the night. There can be several reasons for this: certain medications, coffee, alcohol, a suboptimal sleep environment. Various medical issues, such as heartburn, cardiovascular problems or thyroid disorders can also impair your sleep. Make sure you check out all of these possibilities if you are feeling tired on a regular basis.
2. Too much stress
Chronic stress puts huge pressure on the body and can lead to illness in the long term. Stress is considered to be “chronic” if it persists over a long period of time. Family or work problems that we are constantly thinking about, for example, can be a trigger. One sign of chronic stress is constant fatigue. In the long term, this can lead to high blood pressure, an impaired immune system or heart disease. If you recognise any of these scenarios, take your worries seriously and seek support.
3. A cold is on the way
This is one really common reason why you often feel tired: you’re getting a cold. You usually feel fatigued even before you are aware of the typical cold symptoms. This is actually a good thing, as it tells you that something is not quite right in your body. Pay attention to these signals and take it easy – literally. Make sure that you take enough breaks during the day, drink plenty of water or tea and eat some vitamin-rich snacks, like a fresh fruit salad.
4. Too little exercise
Anyone who spends the whole day in the office in front of the computer knows what it’s like – you feel tired and drained. That can simply be down to too little exercise. So use your lunch break to go for a walk in the fresh air or take a spin on your bike once you have finished work. Light and oxygen do wonders to counter fatigue! Even little things, like a few exercises, walking up the stairs or swimming will do you good. It’s important to remember, however, that exercising too hard without regeneration can also tire you out.
5. Unbalanced diet
Listen to your stomach! Your diet can also be a reason why you often feel tired. Both hunger and a feeling of fullness after a heavy meal can sap your energy. Ensure, therefore, that you have several balanced meals throughout the day. Try some healthy pick-me-ups like fresh fruit and vegetables. Foods that are rich in B vitamins, such as wholegrain products and milk, are good for your well-being. Another thing you need to check if you are constantly tired is whether you have a mineral deficiency. Too little magnesium (found in wholegrain foods, green vegetables and pulses), iron (found in bran, porridge and soya, for example) and calcium (in dairy products, green vegetables and mineral water) can lead to fatigue.
Enjoy life, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed!
Your Dole team