Why am I so tired?

No matter how much sleep I get, I wake up every morning exhausted and remain tired all day.  I was interested in knowing why I constantly feel this way so I did some research and it turns out there are three main reasons.  The first and most obvious is how much sleep you get, the second is what you eat and the third is how often you exercise.

Many people don’t get enough sleep and are therefore going to be tired throughout the day.  As soon as not getting enough sleep becomes a routine it starts to affect how you feel throughout weeks and months because of the 24-hour cycle your body functions on. If you aren’t sleeping at night one good idea is to avoid caffeine and alcohol before going to sleep. Another good idea is to turn off all electronics before going to sleep.

Eating healthy is a great way to keep from being tired. Drinking caffeine or sugary drinks will keep you up at night, thus not being able to sleep and waking up exhausted. A balanced, healthy diet with fruits and vegetables and protein will keep your body functioning during the day and will let your body rest at night. “Most people feel they are less tired if they eat a healthy diet,” says J. Fred Ralston Jr., MD, (past president of the American College of Physicians.)  Eating healthy will additionally keep you thinner which is important to this topic because obesity has been shown to increase fatigue.

How much you exercise is a big factor in exhaustion as well. It has been proven that exercising gives you energy. It’s funny because one would think that exercising would make you more tired because you are moving around so much but this is not the case. Studies have shown that sedentary people are much more lethargic than people that exercise regularly. The more you move, the more energy you will have.

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References:

http://www.medicinenet.com/why_am_i_so_tired_the_many_causes_of_fatigue/views.htm

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article/why-am-i-so-tired/

1 thought on “Why am I so tired?

  1. Allison Voegeli

    Staying hydrated is another good way to prevent you from being tired all day. It is important to drink at least 8 glasses of water each day. Drinking water right before you go to sleep will allow you to relax and have a good night sleep. It will also replenish the fluids that your body loses throughout the day. Getting a good night sleep and replenishing fluids will contribute to you being more awake the next day. Also, it is important to drink a glass of water when you first wake up in the morning because your body sweats out a lot of water during your sleep. Staying hydrated really makes a different on how tired you feel throughout the day and it will make you less tired if you always stay hydrated! Read more about the benefits here: http://www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/nutrition/healthy-eating/are-there-benefits-to-drinking-water-before-bedtime.html

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