Do you find yourself chronically tired, exhausted, lethargic, worn out, or depleted on a daily or weekly basis? Do you feel as if you’re sleepwalking through your day and longing for the moment you can crash? You aren’t alone…
According to a study of more than 1,140 employees, 76 percent of employees feel tired most days of the week. Roughly 40 percent of employees doze off during the day at least once per month. The vast majority feels as if their lack of energy impacts their ability to do their jobs well.
If you’re chronically fatigued, it’s impacting your ability to work, exercise, and engage in social relationships. It’s also a symptom of other underlying health problems that need to be dealt with as soon as possible.
Chronically Fatigued? Here Are 6 Solutions For You!
The good news is that you don’t have to be chronically tired for the rest of your life. With a few smart tweaks to your lifestyle, you can boost your energy levels and enhance your overall quality of life.
#1. Sleep Better
While it’s an obvious piece of advice, most people don’t get enough sleep. And even if they do get enough sleep, it usually isn’t quality sleep. You need seven to eight hours of true sleep every night. Tossing and turning, waking up, and hitting the snooze button for an hour in the morning isn’t good.
Create a sleep environment that’s conducive to sleeping. It should be quiet, dark, and cool. Avoid watching TV or using blue-light emitting electronic devices before bed. Reserve your bed for sleep and take it seriously.
#2. Be Smart With Meals
Don’t skip breakfast – or any meals, for that matter. Proper nutrition plays an important role in supplying your body with energy and helping you sustain focus throughout your waking hours.
Regular, moderately portioned meals throughout the day will help you sustain energy. Avoid highly processed foods or items that are high in sugar and empty calories. Stick with fresh foods that are packed with vitamin, nutrients, and protein.
#3. Supplement With These Nutrients
No matter how healthy or balanced your diet is, you may find it helpful to supplement with certain vitamins and nutrients.
According to Dr. MariesetteZeyl, “Supplementing daily with ALCAR, CoQ10 as Ubiquinol, ALA, a B-complex and NADH are your keys to energizing your body at the cellular level.”
#4. Reduce Stress
Stress holds you back in more ways than one, but most people fail to consider how it impacts their energy levels. Stress takes energy and blood flow away from your vital organs and inhibits your body from functioning properly. It depletes your energy reserves and limits your ability to focus.
Reducing stress will go a long way towards improving your health. Some effective ways to reduce stress include: mediation, playing with your children or a pet, eliminating smartphone time in the evening hours leading up to bed, getting more physical exercise, and a big one, turning off the news!
But regardless of what you ultimately do to reduce stress, your quality of sleep and overall life will improve in time when you partake in these stress reducing activities. However, the key to success is to be consistent, so find something you enjoy that puts you at ease and stick with it.
#5. Have Sex (Early and Often)
When people are tired, they’re less likely to prioritize sex. However, research shows that sex actually improves energy levels.
As Dr. Eva Cwynar says, “It stimulates brain function, burns calories, increases oxygenation, boosts immunity and relieves stress and depression.”
For best results, try having sex in the morning. It provides a jolt of energy in the morning that can sustain you throughout the day. If you find that you don’t have the desire for sex that you once had, consider having your testosterone levels checked.
#6. Drink More Water
“Other important things to consider when it comes to achieving optimal energy and banishing fatigue are to increase your water intake; even when you are a little bit dehydrated, that can result in feeling tired,” Dr. Zeyl notes.“Avoid sugar, caffeine, alcohol, white flour products and processed foods – these are known as energy robbers.”
The rule of thumb has always been 64 ounces of water per day, but you can certainly drink more. The key is to steadily consume water throughout the day and to avoid going long periods of time without hydrating.
The Bottom Line
When you’re tired, your entire life suffers. Work, exercise, sex, relationships, and hobbies are all impacted. So before you throw in the towel and write your exhaustion off as a normal part of adulthood, try implementing some of the natural and healthy advice highlighted in this article. These tips really do work!