Do you get enough sleep… but still feel so exhausted? You may be surprised to know that there are a number of reasons that relate to tiredness which have absolutely nothing to do with actually sleeping. This blog post aims to point out what these reasons could be.
1. Too much caffeine
There is no harm in having a few cups of coffee, ideally one or two in the morning and then none after lunch, because too many cups can be harmful to your sleeping patterns. And not to mention the fact that caffeine is also addictive, so your body starts to become dependant on it in order to function properly throughout the day. Here is how simple the solution is: lessen your coffee intake and you will feel less tired. If you are the type of person who always needs a full cup next to them, consider including more tea (caffeine free) in your diet to change it up a bit. If you are in desperate need for some energy, don’t reach out to your good old friend (coffee), rather try matcha tea. Matcha is green tea leaves that have been reduced to a fine powder. All you have to do is add hot water, swirl and enjoy!
2. Not enough leafy greens
Are you consuming enough nutrients daily , mainly through fruits and vegetables? You will get lots of these nutrients from leafy greens specifically. A good amount of daily nutrients contributes to a strong immune system, so if your body lacks in this type of nourishment you will likely be more fatigued than you should be. It’s that simple! If your body is fatigued, it is telling you it needs something, and that something could be nutrients found in leafy greens
3. Not enough water in your diet
Dehydration is a big source of fatigue! You may not realise how little water you consume in a day until you actually think about it. Often we turn to juices and cold drinks filled with gas to quench our thirst; often, we don’t even consider water as an option. I know I am definitely a culprit! There are many opinions about the correct amount of water you should consume per day. One of the popular recommendations is two litres per day. Many studies show that optimal water intake can improve your concentration and increase your energy levels. However, moderation is everything: too much water can be harmful too!
4. You are not relaxing enough
Stress is a strange thing; sometimes you know you are stressing and sometimes you don’t. This is why stress has often been referred to as “the silent killer” in certain cases. So here is the solution: even if you don’t think you are stressing throughout the day, find time for daily rituals that relax you. What you choose as a form of relaxation is entirely up to you. You can take a bath, read a book, write in your journal, meditate or listen to your favourite music. Personally, I find that watching a good TV series, particularly comedy, does the trick for me.
5. Lack of exercise
We have all heard this before, but for my sake and yours repetition can be good to reinforce the importance of this message: exercise is vital. No only does exercise increase your energy levels, it also gets your blood pumping, helps you maintain a healthy weight and reduces your risk of certain diseases. If you don’t have time to go to the gym, take a walk around your house or complex.
Try these simple five adjustments for a week and you are certain to feel better! Not only will you be rejuvenated but you will also feel ready to tackle each day. So who wouldn’t want to continue using these great tips.