Are you always feeling sluggish and tired? Here are some reasons why and tips to combat them.
1. You Skip Exercise.
You may think that skipping exercise to save your energy might be a good idea, but it really isn’t. Studies show that adults who exercise at least three times a week reported feeling less fatigued. So, the next time you want to just crash on the couch, try taking a brisk walk instead.
2. You’re Dehydrated.
Being dehydrated can really take a toll on your energy levels. The average American only drinks four cups of water a day, which is not nearly enough. A rule of thumb is to take your weight and divide it by two. Drink that many ounces of water per day.
3. You’re Not Consuming Enough Iron.
Iron deficiencies can take a toll on your energy levels as well. If you have a chronic iron deficiency, see a doctor.
4. You Skip Breakfast.
Food is fuel for your body. When you sleep, your body is running on the food that you ate for dinner the night before. So, eating breakfast is important to fuel your body for the day.
5. You Rely On Caffeine To Get Through The Day.
Studies show that up to three cups of coffee per day is actually good for you. However, using coffee improperly can seriously disrupt your sleep-wake cycle. If you cut the coffee by mid-afternoon, you will sleep better at night.