Not getting your eight hours is often the main reason behind feeling sleepy during daylight hours. But there are also many other reasons why you feel so tired every day.
These 8 reasons may account for your lack of energy. You can thank us later.
1. Rehydrate, rehydrate, rehydrate
If you’re even slightly dehydrated – as little as 2 per cent of normal fluid loss – then your body can’t function as normal. A good way to start the day is a pint of water by your bedside. Not only will it wake you up, but you’ll be in top condition for the rest of the day.
2. We’d rather have a bowl of…
Skipping breakfast is a big no-no. How on earth do you think you’re going to have any energy at all if you don’t eat anything in the morning? It’s like not filling up the car with fuel until half way through the journey. It’s just not going to work.
3. Junk is junk
Most young people are career obsessives who work like crazy day in day out. But loads of you don’t remember to look after yourself! Guzzling down junk food because it’s quick and easy, at the expense of a healthy diet, is just another way to ensure your body lacks nutrients essential to body vitality.
4. You’re a mess
No, we don’t mean emotionally (although that’s a possibility too). We mean all that clutter in your home and work spaces. Having to sift through years worth of tut – be it at your office desk or in your living room – is mentally exhausting. Tidy up your rubbish and instantly gain peace of mind.
5. Pump that iron
A lack of iron in your blood stream can make you feel “sluggish, irritable, weak, and unable to focus.” There’s not enough oxygen making it to your muscles and cells as a result, so it’s only slightly important…
6. Say no
Peer pressure and FOMO often leads us to trying to say yes to every single one of our friends’ demands. But this is a surefire way to find yourself fast asleep on the sofa every night after work. You don’t have to become a hermit, but make sure you give yourself at least a few evenings a week where you just stay in and relax.
7. Holiday. What holiday?
So it’s finally arrived, your cosy two weeks in the sun away from all the horrible stresses of work. Except it isn’t really, is it? From the first buzz of your phone to the last ’emergency’ email, you’re fully engaged with the office, just in a different location. You can only really recharge during time off if you cut ties completely for the whole time. So chuck that phone in the hotel pool. Well, maybe not, but you get the idea.
8. Cut the caffeine
An obvious one, we agree, but throwing several espressos down your neck each day isn’t going to keep your heart (or head) in the right shape is it? Instead, drink lots of water when you get up, and realise that hydration is the best way to maximise your energy levels. Check out the alternatives to coffee here.