13 Reasons You’re Always Tired That Have Nothing to Do With Food and Exercise
You’ll find a million articles online telling you the reason you’re tired is because you’re not eating the right foods and not exercising enough. While those two things are definitely contributing to your fatigue and energy level, this is not that kind of article because even people who religiously stick to a well-balanced diet and exercise every day can still suffer from fatigue. In this article, we point out a few of the many other factors that contribute to a lack of energy that you may have never thought of before.
You’re not fulfilled. Whether it’s in your job, relationships, or downtime, you must have meaning in your day-to-day living. When you’re engaged and challenged, your energy is improved and you’re more likely to find fulfillment.
You’re burning the weekend midnight oil. While you might be getting eight hours of sleep Monday through Friday, you’re a night owl on the weekends and sleep the day away. It’s best for your energy level to maintain a similar sleep cycle every day of the week.
You’re napping too much. It seems counterintuitive that napping would contribute to your exhaustion, but taking too many naps or sleeping for too long can really zap your energy. Experts believe a 20-minute power nap is the most beneficial, allowing you to recharge without getting into a deeper stage of sleep, known as REM, during the day, which often gets disrupted, leaving you exhausted.
You’re basking in a late-night electronic glow. A recent study revealed the shocing impact of using your phone or tablet right before bed. Researchers found that people using these devices had reduced levels of melatonin, a hormone that helps induce sleepiness. They also took longer to fall asleep, had shorter restorative REM cycles, and reported being sleepier the next morning, even after eight hours of sleep. Try to put the phone or tablet away at least one hour before bed for the most beneficial sleep.
Your life is too cluttered. When you’re running here and there between responsibilities, activities, and to-dos, your mind gets cluttered and bogged down, which often leads to feeling fatigued and worn out. Living a simplified lifestyle, free of unnecessary errands and projects, as well as things around the house, helps you feel more rested and in control.
You have trouble saying no. We get it; you want to be the best mom or dad, the perfect spouse, a true friend, a great child, an active community member, a responsible pet owner, and a competitive athlete, all the while getting that promotion at work. But not being able to say no to anything that is unnecessary weighs you down, causing you to constantly feel tired no matter how much sleep you get at night.
You don’t practice self-care. It’s okay sometimes to be a little selfish. When you aren’t, you will surely burn out and have chronic fatigue. Chisel out some time for yourself every day, whether it’s going to the gym, practicing yoga, going for a walk, or simply reading a book without any other distraction. Even if it’s just for thirty minutes a day, you’ll feel more energized.
You’re a perfectionist. Being perfect is absolutely draining. Your house doesn’t have to look perfect every moment, you don’t have to be mom-of-the-year or hostess-with-the-mostest. You can’t always be the top-performing executive. Learn to embrace the little imperfections in your life. Let the laundry sit. Leave the dirty dishes in your sink. Trying to be perfect at every single thing you do will create a never-ending cycle of exhaustion.
You make mountains out of molehills. Everything is not always a catastrophe, but when you make it into one, your energy will surely drain. Anxiety and worry can paralyze you and leave you feeling mentally exhausted.
You’re not prioritizing right. Things that make you happy should be high on your priority list as an essential not a luxury. When you do things that you enjoy you’ll feel more energized and refreshed.
You don’t have goals. If you don’t have goals for yourself, you’re like a ship floating around without an anchor. You have no sense of direction or purpose. Setting goals will help focus your efforts and keep you from wasting precious energy on things that ultimately don’t matter.
You’re under-hydrated. Even the slightest dehydration can cause your heart to work harder, and ultimately leads to fatigue. A good rule of thumb is to drink half your body weight in ounces per day. For example, if you weight 150 pounds, you should minimally consume 75 ounces of water every day.
You have nutrient deficiency. Several nutrients affect how energized you feel.
Vitamin B12 is needed in the body to make red blood cells and keep neurons functioning properly. A deficiency in this key nutrient decreases the amount of oxygen your blood can carry throughout your body, leaving you feeling tired.
Iron deficiency can lead to anemia whose chronic symptom is overwhelming exhaustion.
Magnesium deficiency is strongly linked with fatigue. Even being slightly deficient causes exhaustion that cannot be fixed except through increasing magnesium intake.
Zinc is supposedly responsible for over 300 different enzyme activities in the body and being deficient in this nutrient is always associated with fatigue.
Chronic fatigue is no laughing matter; it’s draining and diminishes your overall wellbeing. If you suffer from exhaustion, we hope that you can take stock of your life to see if any of these factors contribute to your lackluster energy level so you can get back on the road to a more energized and vibrant life.