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The Reason Why You’re Always Tired Even If You’ve Got Enough Sleep

The Reason Why You’re Always Tired Even If You’ve Got Enough Sleep

Tiredness can be a symptom of modern times. Working long hours and juggling responsibilities can stop us from getting our recommended 8 hours of sleep a night and can lead us to feeling fatigued and tired. But what if you are getting enough sleep each night yet still spending the day lacking energy, feeling drained and generally exhausted? It can seem frustrating when you make the effort to get your full forty winks but still feel continuously run down during the day. The problem could lie in the quality of sleep rather than the amount. There are many factors that can affect how well we sleep at night so even though you think you have slept well, if you’re still tired during the day, chances are that you haven’t.

Many studies have been conducted to show how quality of sleep affects our well-being. Feeling tired all the time can considerably lower our quality of life, stopping us from enjoying day-to-day moments and resulting in feeling moody and irritable. If you’re wondering why you are still suffering from tiredness despite getting a full-night’s sleep then here are some possible reasons that could explain it.

Not Enough Exercise

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    We spend a lot of time at our jobs and if that means sitting at a desk for nearly 8 hours that’s a lot of time sitting down. Having a sedentary lifestyle can affect our body and mind in more ways than we imagine. It’s not just unhealthy in terms of putting on weight but being sedentary causes you to actually feel more tired and sluggish. It can also affect your sleep because your body hasn’t expelled enough energy to produce the quality sleep you need.

    You may think establishing an exercise routine will just add tiredness and fatigue to your day but taking up some form of exercise rejuvenates the body promoting better quality sleep. Whether it’s in the morning, during your lunch break or in the evening, a good daily workout will increase your body’s need for sleep in a productive and natural way.

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    Make sure you take walking breaks throughout the day so that you break up the amount of time you sit down. Getting your body moving will increase the chances of your sleep quality improving.

    Dehydration

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      How much water do you drink a day? Dehydration contributes greatly to feeling tired. Many people are unaware of how little water they drink throughout the day because they spend their liquid intake on sugared drinks and caffeine that aren’t as beneficial as water. Dehydration has a detrimental effect on our body. Our organs don’t work as efficiently due to the heart sending oxygen at a much slower pace resulting in tiredness and feelings of exhaustion. Make sure you drink 8-10 glasses a day avoiding sugary drinks as these can cause unneeded energy dips.

      Since our brain is made up of 85% water, it goes to show just how essential maintaining hydration is for optimum sleep quality. Increasing your daily intake should help keep your energy up for longer during the day and allow your brain to work at its best during the night so your tiredness is lessened all-round.

      Having A Poor Diet

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        Having a poor diet can really affect how you feel throughout the day. If you find yourself reaching for the high-fat or high-carb foods then these could be causing you to feel more tired than you should. Eating a healthy, balanced diet can make a huge difference to our mind and body and using nutrition to combat exhaustion could be the key. There have been many studies that shows the effect that our diets have on the duration and quality of our sleep so it’s extremely important to consider your diet if you suffer from fatigue.

        There are many foods that promote long, lasting energy including iron-rich red meat, whole grains, nuts, green leafy vegetables and dried fruit. It’s important to get a varied diet that’s low in sugar and high in fibre and good-energy nutrients.

        Eating a healthy breakfast to start the day is essential to combat tiredness. Without breakfast our body goes through a long period of starvation and causes the body to use up its energy resources all the more quickly. So make time for a healthy, energy-rich breakfast like porridge, eggs, wholemeal toast or sugar-free cereals to give yourself a boost. Eating at regular intervals throughout the day will prevent further dips in energy so sensible eating is important in maintaining an optimum level of needed energy.

        Depression Or Stress

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          Another cause for tiredness could be depression or underlying stress. Sometimes we don’t always realise that we are suffering from these conditions and we only see the signs as feeling fatigued and lack-lustred and therefore low motivation. Maybe consider if there is something underlying that may be causing you to feel this way. Is there something that’s causing you more stress than you realize? Have you been feeling low and emotional? They could all be perfectly normal but if these feelings are prolonged then it might be wise to consider speaking to someone.

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          Taking up exercise and adjusting your diet can help with both stress and depression as well as relaxation methods such as mediation. It’s really important to take care of your mind together with your body as emotional stress can affect both equally.

          Blood Sugar Imbalance

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            Leading on from the type of diet you have, a blood sugar imbalance could be a cause of your lack of energy. Blood sugar levels can become imbalanced over time due to the type of diet you have. If you are eating a lot of processed foods or foods high in sugar then you may experience regular sugar crashes throughout the day. If this is the case then it’s important to decrease the amount of refined sugar in your diet to level out your blood sugar. This may mean eliminating refined sugar altogether – sugar from fruit is a lot healthier so avoiding these isn’t as necessary but if you feel you have a tendency to have a sweet-tooth then consider laying off the sugar for a while to see if it makes a difference.

            Underlying Medical Problems

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              If you think that your diet is healthy, you drink plenty of water, you have no real causes of stress and you exercise regularly but still suffer from tiredness then there could be an underlying medical condition that needs to be addressed.

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              There are many different causes of extreme fatigue such as anaemia where your red blood cells have trouble making hemoglobin which is responsible for carrying oxygen around the body. Other conditions could be chronic fatigue syndrome, sleep apnoea, an underactive thyroid, glandular fever and many more. You mustn’t ever self-diagnose yourself so it’s important to go and see your doctor to discuss any worries that you may have.

              So remember that although you are getting the right amount of sleeping hours, it’s the quality of these hours that are key to eliminating fatigue and exhaustion during the day. Adjusting your lifestyle can benefit you greatly so try making a few changes and see how much of a difference it makes over the next few weeks.

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              Last Updated on September 16, 2019

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

              You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

              We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

              The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

              Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

              1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

              Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

              For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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              • (1) Research
              • (2) Deciding the topic
              • (3) Creating the outline
              • (4) Drafting the content
              • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
              • (6) Revision
              • (7) etc.

              Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

              2. Change Your Environment

              Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

              One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

              3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

              Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

              Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

              My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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              Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

              4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

              If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

              Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

              I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

              5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

              I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

              Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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              As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

              6. Get a Buddy

              Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

              I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

              7. Tell Others About Your Goals

              This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

              For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

              8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

              What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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              9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

              If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

              Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

              10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

              Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

              Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

              11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

              At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

              Reality check:

              I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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