Do you ever ask yourself “Why am I so tired all the time?” Well, you’re not alone. According to the CDC, roughly 15% of women and 10% of men in the United States ask the same question.
Feeling tired could stem from an array of issues. You might not be getting enough sleep, you might be getting too much sleep, it may be your diet, overworking yourself, or crashing from too much caffeine. Finding the source will require a thorough reviewing of your daily habits and a little experimenting to see what works.
Set a Routine
Your sleep patterns might be what’s causing your lethargy. Try setting a bedtime for yourself and stick to it every night. Experiment with how many hours you need to sleep to wake up feeling refreshed. Give yourself at least 30 minutes before bedtime with no phones or computers.
Edit Your Diet
Depending on your age, weight, and activity level, the number of calories you consume can affect your energy. In addition to calories, review how much protein, iron, and dairy you eat every day. Whole foods are ideal, so make sure you fill half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Limit your intake of processed foods – buy organic fish and meat to help with your protein and iron levels. Cut back on sugar – it makes you crash!
Move Your Body
This is probably the most difficult for those who work long hours at a desk. But it is true – the more you move, the more energy you have. You have to make energy to have energy. A simple walk at lunch or a YouTube workout video can do wonders for helping your fatigue. Start small – don’t exhaust yourself with a routine you’re not physically (or mentally) ready for. Work your way up to about 2.5 hours of moderate to intense level of activity per week.
Manage Your Stress
Stress can be so overwhelming that it makes it hard to get out of bed. Mental stress is so profound that it can cause physical illness. Try keeping a ‘stress’ journal. Write down what’s bothering you. Sometimes you don’t even know until you see it written down. Another tip is to say ‘no’. We often go above and beyond a healthy limit just to get things done. Just saying ‘no’ can help you to focus on your priorities a little better, allow you to more effectively communicate, and manage your tasks with a more positive attitude.
Schedule your appointment with Fort Worth Functional Medicine Specialist Dr. Susan Linder today.
Dr. Susan K. Linder is a Diplomat of the American Board of Anti-Aging, Functional & Regenerative Medicine. She is also board certified in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, with a subspecialty board certification in Pain Management. Dr. Linder is the Medical Director of HealthSpringMD conveniently located in Fort Worth, TX. For more information on nutritional health, bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, and overall Optimal Wellness visit Dr. Linder’s website or call today to reserve a seat at one of her free educational seminars 817-926- 7671.