Constantly tired?

6 Sneaky Reasons You’re Tired That Have Nothing to Do with Sleep

Mothers talk about sleep the way someone who is starving talks about food. Fatigue can overshadow your life, making everything seem like too much trouble.
― Kathleen A. Kendall-Tackett

We’ve all been there.

There are times that we maintain a balanced, sufficient sleep schedule and still end up exhausted. Our bodies are complex mechanisms that can be quite finicky at times.  It’s a frustrating feeling, not being able to get the energy you need despite a full night of rest.

Here are some tricky factors that might be taking a toll on your energy levels for the worse:

1) Dehydration

Without a sufficient amount of fluids and electrolytes in our system, our energy levels take a nose dive pretty fast. It’s incredibly easy to overlook our hydration levels, by the time we’re thirsty, we’re already dehydrated. Drinking excessive amounts of caffeine or certain mediciations can also cause excessive dehydration. When in doubt, hydrate up. It could be the most simple cure for your fatigue.

2) Hypothyroidism

With common symptoms such as excessive fatigue, sluggishness, and weight gain, many people don’t realize they are suffering from an under-active thyroid until it has taken a significant toll on their health. If you are experiencing these symptoms over a prolonged period of time, it’s best to check in with a doctor.

3) Stress

It’s a snowball effect. In heightened levels of stress, the body is deeply effected. We overwork our systems, our heart rates spike and plummet, and we don’t take the time to rest properly. This physiological rollercoaster wears out our bodies, lowers both mental and physical performance, and in turn, exasperates the problems that caused the stress in the first place.

4) Caffeine intake

It doesn’t seem fair that something so delicious and energy boosting could turn on us like that. Caffeine, in small doses, can be extremely helpful for anyone who needs a little push in the morning. However, too much caffeine can result in a high intolerance that ends in energy crashes. Instead, substitute your second cup of coffee for the day with a gentler option, like green tea.

5) Allergies

Although allergies seem like a smaller scale problem, they can actually wreck havoc on our energy levels. Sleep quality can be greatly impacted by blocked sinuses, our bodies are working over-time to alleviate our symptoms, and medicine for battling allergies can slow us down significantly.

6) Vitamin C Deficiency

Another sneaky culprit of inexpliciable exhaustion is a lack of vitamin C.  Not enough of this immune system boosting vitamin can result in fatigue, bruising, dry skin, and reoccurring nosebleeds. Try incorporating more fruits and veggies dense with vitamin C to see a significant change in your alertness.

The best way to ensure optimal energy levels is by eating a healthy, balanced diet, maintaining proper hydration, and regulating stress. If you try these methods and are still experiencing abnormal fatigue, it’s important to see a doctor, as it could in fact be an underlying medical issue.

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