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Last Updated on January 11, 2021

4 Ways To Increase Your Energy Throughout The Day

4 Ways To Increase Your Energy Throughout The Day

Few people feel energized throughout an entire day. Sure, there are plenty of those “morning people” that drive everyone nuts and even more of the late-night party type who can sleep past noon on any given day. What is really rare nowadays is people who can wake up early and remain energized and mentally alert all day, and then repeat that every day.

The reason it is rare is because it is hard. It often takes a lot of discipline to get into the right schedule and to live the way that one must live to feel that way all day. For those that have the discipline, here are the four best ways to keep yourself alert for not just party of a day, but all of it.

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Understand Food

Most people never get past a basic understanding of the food pyramid. Your supposed to eat a lot of fruits and vegetables and not a lot of sugar and that is about it. There is so much more to food, and especially to utilizing food to stay energized throughout the day.

Donuts, sugary cereal, and pretty much any food high in refined sugar can reduce your energy. If you choose to eat these types of foods for breakfast you will be tired and exhausted all the way until lunch, which can be a long way away. Foods that are high in protein tend to do the opposite. Some examples are nuts, eggs, lean meats, and yogurt. These will not only leave you feeling better immediately after eating, but will digest much slower in your body and release the energy in a much more stable manner. This will inevitably lead to a day with much more energy. Here is a more inclusive list of foods that can do increase long-term energy.

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Sleep

One couldn’t discuss energy without discussing sleep. There are a lot of misconceptions about sleep out there.  A lot of people think that the key is to simply get eight hours of sleep and you will be rested. This couldn’t be further from the truth. There are plenty of people that get more than eight hours of sleep a night who still feel unrested the next day. There are plenty of others who wake up extremely early and barely scrape seven hours of sleep, and yet feel rested all day. The difference is quality.

People actually have different stages of sleep. There is light sleep, REM sleep, and deep sleep. If you can cut down the amount of hours you spend in light sleep, and increase the other two, you can get less overall sleep but still feel more rested the next day. There are quite a few ways to do this. One of the big ones is ensuring a comfortable bed. Every time you move around or try to get comfortable you bring yourself back to a light sleep.

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Memory foam is one way that people have chosen to increase sleep quality. If you have never heard of memory foam, there is a pretty good memory foam mattress guide here. Essentially memory foam is a mattress that can customize itself to the user, ensuring a better quality sleep experience.

Exercise

No one likes to hear that they need to exercise more, but exercise benefits virtually every part of someone’s life. It has been proven dozens of times that exercise increases energy and efficiency throughout the day. It is extremely important and also extremely underutilized. Just thirty minutes of exercise in the morning can lead to hours saved throughout the day via increased energy, focus, and efficiency. Make the investment and reap the rewards.

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Power Nap

People are much more willing to try this out than exercise. A power nap is just a 15-20 minute snooze right in the middle of the day. While it may not seem as if that much sleep could make a difference, power naps have been proven to make significant differences in energy levels through the rest of the day. There is actually a science behind it.

Power naps can help in quite a few categories including increased creativity, as well as greater capacity for love, efficiency, and more. Just as with exercise, a small investment of 20 minutes of time can yield much greater results.

Try these because they work! Most just require a bit of discipline—the discipline to wake up ten minutes earlier to make a better breakfast or thirty minutes earlier to exercise. Once you start getting into the habit, you won’t want to go back.

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Last Updated on January 15, 2021

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Tired and How to Fix It

Why Am I So Tired? 10 Reasons You’re Tired and How to Fix It

“Why am I so tired?” is a question that people ask themselves pretty frequently. Everyone gets tired at one point or another, particularly after something like an illness, a long night up with a sick child, or a busy week at work. However, when tiredness is persistent—when you feel tired as soon as you wake up in morning or when sleep doesn’t seem to help, no matter how much rest you get—it may often indicate a deeper, underlying problem.

While there are a lot of possible reasons for tiredness, here are some of the most common causes of fatigue.

1. Dehydration

If you’re asking “Why am I so tired?” and want to boost your energy levels, first check whether you are dehydrated. The human brain is 85% water, and it needs to maintain this level in order to perform its essential functions[1].

Signs of dehydration

    If you fail to drink enough water, the brain extracts fluids from your blood to compensate for the deficit[2]. As a result, the oxygen levels in your blood drop, reducing the amount of energizing oxygen available to your organs and tissues. Fatigue and sleepiness set in rapidly, leaving you more vulnerable to the 2 pm post-lunch crash that many of us experience.

    You cannot cure this crash with caffeine; the only long-term, effective solution is to drink hydrating fluids throughout the day.

    2. Lack of Exercise

    A workout will surely leave you feeling even more tired, right? Wrong! As counterintuitive as it may sound, physical activities have an energizing effect. Moving your body releases endorphins, increases your heart rate, and boosts your concentration.

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    Try to fit in at least 30 minutes of medium-intensity exercise every day. It’s easiest if you can make this part of your everyday routine, either as soon as you wake up or right after work.

    3. A Poor Diet

    The food you eat has a direct impact on sleep quality and the amount of rest you get every night. For maximum energy, stick to protein, slow-release carbohydrates, and a moderate amount of healthy (unsaturated) fats.

    The majority of your food should be plant-based, high in fiber, and low in sugar. These choices will prevent blood sugar fluctuations, which can leave you feeling exhausted.

    An easy way to make sure you stick to a good diet is through meal preparation. It’s easy to just get take-out when you’re tired after work, but if you have a meal ready for you in the fridge, you’ll be less tempted by a frozen pizza or cheese sticks.

    Find out more about healthy meal prep here: 10 Meal Planning Apps You Need To Have To Get Healthier Easily

    4. Skipping Breakfast

    Eating breakfast is key to maintaining a good level of energy throughout the day. When you eat breakfast, you are sending calming signals to the areas of the brain responsible for avoiding danger, along with those that instruct the body to conserve as much energy as possible.

    Ingesting food signals to your brain that there are enough calories available to ensure our survival. This encourages it to stay relaxed, which in turn, promotes restful sleep.

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    Some great ideas for healthy, filling, and make-ahead breakfasts include overnight oats, smoothies, and freezer-friendly breakfast burritos.

    If meal-prepping isn’t your thing, stock up on easy but healthy breakfast foods like multigrain cereal, yogurt, and fruit.

    5. Poor Quality of Sleep

    We all know that it’s important to wind down a couple of hours before bed, but did you know that it’s what you do throughout the day that promotes good-quality sleep? It’s not just about the number of hours you sleep, but how restful and deep that sleep is if you want to stop asking “Why am I so tired?”

    To feel rested, try to regulate your everyday routine to make your sleep deeper and better. Get up at a regular time in the morning to ensure that you get regular sunlight.

    Eat nutritious foods in moderate amounts, and make sure you stay hydrated. Go to bed at the same time, and before bedtime, avoid screens that can give off harmful blue light and also keep you stimulated when you need to fall asleep.

    6. Sleep Apnea

    Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder where a person’s airways get blocked off while they are asleep, causing their oxygen levels to drop while sleeping[3]. This often causes people to stop breathing at night and then to jerk themselves awake (this can happen over 30 times an hour).

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    Risks of Untreated Sleep Apnea

      Because of this, people with sleep apnea can feel short of breath and have low energy levels[4]. Mouthpieces and other devices to aid in breathing can be used to keep oxygen levels in a safe zone.

      If you feel tired all the time and think you might have sleep apnea, consulting with a doctor is important. Do a sleep study, as this can often reveal if there is an underlying problem causing your tiredness — and once a diagnosis is made, treatment to help you get your energy back begins.

      7. Depression

      Depression is the most common mental health disorder in the United States (and in many other countries of the world, as well). It is marked by persistent feelings of sadness or unhappiness but has physical symptoms, too. Apart from fatigue, people may also experience changes in sleeping and eating habits and difficulty concentrating that leave them asking “Why am I so tired?”

      Treatment can often center on anti-depressants, counselling, and lifestyle changes, like stress management to help manage this condition.

      Many people also benefit from activities like yoga and meditation, which help regulate both the body and mind.

      8. Hypothyroidism

      If a person has hypothyroidism, they have an underactive thyroid gland that does not produce adequate levels of important hormones, and the result can be a persistent and unrelenting fatigue, even if someone is getting enough sleep. Other common symptoms of this disorder include mood swings, weight gain, and feeling cold all the time.

      Fortunately, simple blood work can reveal if there is a problem, and it can be treated with artificial thyroid hormone pills. Check here for signs of a thyroid problem. If you suspect that you might have hypothyroidism, talk to your doctor.

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      9. Anemia

      People with anemia are not able to make enough red blood cells to transport oxygen throughout their bodies. This is often due to a lack of nutrients like iron or B-12 and can be caused by problems such as heavy periods, bleeding in the digestive tract, or pregnancy (due to the increased demands of the growing baby).

      However, in most cases, this can be resolved with treatments like changes in diet, iron supplements, or B-12 shots. A simple blood test can tell you if you have anemia, so check in with your doctor if you suspect this.

      10. Cancer

      While you shouldn’t be freaking out about cancer just because you are tired, it is a fact that fatigue is one of the symptoms of cancer. Other common symptoms can include unexplained weight loss and the presence of palpable lumps or growths. This disease is marked by the abnormal and uncontrolled growth of cells that can do damage to surrounding tissues and possibly spread to other parts of the body.

      Diagnosis is usually by biopsy, and treatment often focuses on radiation, chemotherapy or surgery—and generally when a diagnosis is made early, the outcomes for the patient are better.

      Final Thoughts

      If you find yourself constantly asking, “Why am I so tired?” it may be time to see your doctor to find out if any of the problems above apply to you. All of them have treatments that can help improve your quality of life and get you back to normal energy levels.

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      Reference

      [1] Harvard Health Publishing: Fight fatigue with fluids
      [2] NuCara: Are You Dehydrated?
      [3] Sleep Foundation: Sleep Apnea
      [4] Very Well Health: What Is Sleep Apnea?

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