In this busy, modern age, many people find it hard to find the energy just to get through their everyday tasks. Sometimes it might feel like no matter how much sleep you get a night, you still wake up feeling exhausted. Unfortunately, some of the “perks” in our modern society are actually preventing us from getting a truly restful sleep at night.
Because of stimulants like coffee, tea, and energy drinks, along with devices like alarm clocks, bright cell phones, televisions, and computers, most people experience several interruptions in their circadian rhythms, or their natural sleep/wake cycles, which means that they don’t get the quality rest that they need.
But despite the fact that these common problems can keep you from sleeping well, they might not be the only cause for your daily fatigue. Here are the top three reasons why people feel tired all the time, along with some ways that you might address these issues:
1. You might have a medical condition.
Although getting quality sleep at night is important in order to help you not feel tired all the time, there are also several medical conditions that can not only prevent you from sleeping at night, but also make you feel tired during the day regardless of how much sleep you get.
Thyroid Disease affects more than twenty million Americans, and most of those people don’t even realize that they have it. One of the main symptoms of thyroid disease is fatigue, along with moodiness, muscle and joint pain, weight gain or loss, vision problems, or changes in your appetite. If you and your doctor discover that your thyroid levels are off, you might try avoiding gluten, dairy, toxins and heavy metals, and incorporating iodine, selenium, and healthy fat sources like chia seeds, fish, avocado, and nuts.
Adrenal Fatigue, like thyroid disease, is caused by a hormonal imbalance, and it causes a debilitating fatigue, as well as headaches, frequent illnesses, mental fogginess, and weight gain. To try and remedy this disease, you should eliminate caffeine, sugar, and carbohydrates from your diet, along with processed foods. Incorporate more healthy fats, proteins, and organic fruits and vegetables into your diet. You also might try to limit your stress by practicing meditation, yoga, or aromatherapy.
Anemia occurs when you don’t have enough red blood cells and not enough oxygen can reach the cells and tissues in your body. Symptoms include fatigue, weakness, and an inability to concentrate. If you and your doctor discover that you are anemic, you should increase your iron, vitamin B12, and folate intake. You might try eating beef or chicken liver, nutritional yeast, broccoli, cauliflower, beets, and green leafy vegetables.
2. You might have a mental health or mood disorder.
Depression and anxiety can both cause a huge dip in your energy levels, and they also might keep you from getting a good night’s rest. In order to combat these mental health issues, you should make a change in your diet to eliminate processed foods, simple carbohydrates, and sugar, and add proteins, organic fruits and vegetables, and healthy fats like avocado, coconut, and flax seeds. Exercising daily can also help you to see an improvement in your mood, as well as meditation, aromatherapy, and acupuncture.
3. You might need to change your diet or lifestyle.
Most of the conditions listed above involve making lifestyle changes in order to see an improvement in your energy levels. In particular, if you tend to live a sedentary lifestyle without much exercise, it’s important for you to incorporate more activity into your daily life to help you sleep better and feel more energized during the day. You also need to make sure that you are getting enough water during the day, typically between 8-10 8oz glasses, to avoid dehydration. And as always, your diet plays a huge role in how energized you feel. It’s important to avoid foods that are processed, high in sugar or simple carbohydrates, and caffeinated drinks. You should also be getting plenty of whole grains, complex carbohydrates, proteins, healthy fats, and fresh, organic, fruits and vegetables.