4 REASONS WHY YOU MAY BE SO TIRED

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…and it’s not the eclipse!

1. YOU’RE NOT EXERCISING ENOUGH

Talk about a vicious cycle: When you feel exhausted, you tend to skip working out, or at least you don’t exercise at the intensity you could. That can make you feel even more tired.  IT sounds weird, but it’s true.

A study by the University of Georgia found  regular, low-intensity exercise can help boost energy levels, even when people think it won’t.

 

2. YOU’RE EXERCISING TOO MUCH

There’s a fine line between training hard and overtraining, and when that line is crossed, it pushes the body’s stress response too far. That can result in a number of biochemical responses as the body tries to protect itself. One of those is to slow down several processes — creating fatigue as a result.

One solution is to make sure you’re building rest days into your mix, so that you can fully recover from your workouts, mentally and physically.

 

3. YOUR GUT HEALTH IS OUT OF WHACK

There’s been a significant amount of research in the past few years about the role of your gastrointestinal system in regulating emotions, energy, immunity and even skin health and chronic disease. All that good and bad bacteria in your digestive tract is central to your health.

When it’s out of balance, it can lead to allergies, lowered immune response, poor sleep and other factors that might contribute to exhaustion. Try stocking your plate with more lean proteins and vegetables — and dialing down the processed stuff, especially sugar and refined carbs.

 

4. YOU’RE NOT SLEEPING AS WELL AS YOU THINK

Although you might wake up refreshed, that doesn’t mean you’ve gotten a solid night’s sleep. Even a mild case of sleep apnea can keep you from getting the deep sleep necessary to maintain energy throughout the day.

If sleep is fragmented, chances are you’ll experience daytime sleepiness and trouble maintaining your energy, which will consequently affect alertness and concentration. Sleep apnea is very common, and underdiagnosed, so it’s worth talking to your doctor about it.

If you’ve tried other strategies to tackle your energy crisis, a sleep study may be helpful to see if that’s an issue.

 

In general, feeling exhausted all the time isn’t a normal part of aging or living in a go-go-go society. Addressing stress, getting the right amount of exercise, improving your nutrition and practicing good sleep habits can go a long way.

 

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One Response to “4 REASONS WHY YOU MAY BE SO TIRED”

  1. Lorraine Says:

    Awesome tips!

    Like

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