Do you feel constantly sleepy and tired even though you’re getting plenty of sleep? Then there might be some things that you’re doing that are making you feel this way, and they might not always be so obvious.
Fortunately, there are a few simple things you can do to fix this problem!
1. Snooze Abuser
Stop hitting that snooze button!
Ever heard of the phrase “the early bird catches the worms?” Well, that isn’t just an old saying, there’s actually been research that backs up the fact that waking up early can be good for your health. A Harvard study analyzed early birds and night owls, finding the former to be more proactive and have better decision making skills, and do better in life in general.
2. Negative Energy
Vicky Vlachonis, osteopath and author of “The Body Doesn’t Lie” says that having people around you who are constantly complaining and whining can bring down your energy levels. She says that “People you allow into your life not only have the power to affect you emotionally, but can also take a toll on you physically.” So, her suggestion -and ours- is o get rid of the negative-Nellies and get yourself into the better company of people who have a positive outlook on life.
3. Boring Sex
Many people say that being tired all the time is affecting their sex life, but it actually might be the other way around. Intimacy and the hormones released during an orgasm (like prolactin) can help you get a better night’s rest. Even sex in the morning has been known to make some people feel more energized. So get freaky, day, night, or anytime!
4. Having A Magnesium Deficiency
What does magnesium have to do with anything, you might say, but director of Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, Dr. Mark Hyman says that magnesium is sort of like the “relaxation mineral”, and the National Institute of Health states that it aids determining in sleep quality and duration. Jaclyn London, Nutrition Director at the Good Housekeeping Institute, recommends a healthy diet of nuts, seeds, beans, and leafy greens – all of these foods are great sources of magnesium.
5. Your Job is a Drag
Most of us wake up and go straight to work, so if you’re going someplace that you dislike first thing in the morning, it’ll make you feel like you wished the day was already over. This makes you feel sluggish and tired, and studies say you’ll even find it hard to fall asleep due to stress. If it’s your coworkers who are making you feel like that, then maybe you can request a transfer; and if its the job itself, consider finding a new one!
6. You Don’t Exercise
Regular physical activity and exercise can make you feel mentally fit, as well as making you physically fit. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention says regular exercise can “reduce your risk of depression and may help you sleep better.” And you don’t have to splurge on a gym membership, a mere 150 minutes of moderate exercise can make you up to 65% less tired during the day. So, you can just include a few simple activities like taking the stairs and hand kneading dough in your day-to-day routine and you’re good to go!
7. Time To Tan
Sunlight is your friend! When you get a healthy dose of sunlight in the morning, your nocturnal melatonin production occurs sooner, making sleep come easier at night. This is also the reason that its better to shut of screens at night. Although too much unprotected exposure to sun rays can cause skin cancer, an hour or two of sunlight per day gives you a lot of benefits, including the disease-fighting Vitamin D!
If you’re someone that’s constantly stressed, you’re looking at exhaustion, dark circles, headaches, ulcers, and yes – insomnia. And the worst part is that stress perpetuates a never-ending cycle. Lack of sleep causes anxiety and irritability, making problems seem bigger, causing more stress, which keeps you from falling asleep. Ugh! Do you see what we mean? Its important to make sure that you deal with stress in a healthy manner, and fast!
9. Auto Immune Diseases
The U.S. Department of Health of Human Services revealed that auto immune diseases have the side effect of fatigue and tiredness. Women are thrice as likely as men to suffer from one, so talk to your doctor if you’re feeling funny; your insomnia might be telling you something more serious is at play.
10. Messy Bedroom
Your bedroom is your sanctuary, so if it’s messy and untidy, you’re mind will be in the same state, keeping you from falling asleep. The National Sleep Foundation says your bedroom should be comfortable and clean. You can use scented candles, dim lights and soft music to help you fall asleep as well, but the ultimate requirement is to keep it clean!
11. Too Many Processed Foods
If you’re diet is heavy in processed foods like burgers, pasta, bread, etc. it’s going to cause you to have regular energy crashes that leave you feeling drained. It’s much better to fill your belly with fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and whole grains. These boost energy by giving you natural and essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. They give you a slow release of energy and hydrate you plenty as most fruits and veggies contain a high water content.