Some days we are so low on energy that we are drowsy by lunchtime and in need of a nap by midafternoon. What is making us so tired all the time? Fatigue can have a variety of lifestyle causes, including lack of sleep, stress and anxiety, overwork, inactivity, poor eating habits and certain medications.
Most of the time, fatigue can be traced to one or more of our habits or routines. We have the power to put the vitality back in our life.
How can we combat tiredness, fatigue and general lethargy?
- Eat healthily and drink enough water. If our body is receiving enough vitamins, minerals and water it needs, we will experience less fatigue.
- Take B Vitamins. B Vitamins are a group of water-soluble nutrients that are essential for the proper functioning of our body. They ensure that our body is provided with energy from the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats and protein, and also for the maintenance and health of the nervous system in general.
- Exercise will help enormously with tiredness. If our body gets a good work out every day, we will sleep better at night. Even a simple 15-minute walk can give you an energy boost.
- Learn methods of relaxation like yoga or meditation.
- Decreasing stress in our life will help relax our body and we will sleep better at night.
- Practice good sleep habits to combat our tiredness. Keeping a regular bedtime is important for our energy levels. Avoid eating, reading or watching TV in bed.
- Avoid alcohol. Alcohol makes us tired for hours after consuming no more than only a drink or two.
Fatigue and tiredness, if constant and prolonged, can be a debilitating/tiring condition. If we still experience problems sleeping or feel constantly tired after plenty of sleep, we should either visit a physician or make the necessary lifestyle changes. Underestimating the importance of fatigue and general lethargy may only lead to more complicated problems.