Tiredness is a malady that many people face on a daily basis. It is not necessarily that they are out partying all night and therefore have either a sleep deficiency or a hangover, rather it is someone that sleeps 7 to 8 hours a night and wakes up tired. Feels tired during the day, and then when three o’clock comes, they struggle to keep their eyes open and to concentrate.Tiredness is a malady that many people face on a daily basis. It is not necessarily that they are out partying all night and therefore have either a sleep deficiency or a hangover, rather it is someone that sleeps 7 to 8 hours a night and wakes up tired. Feels tired during the day, and then when three o’clock comes, they struggle to keep their eyes open and to concentrate.
Constant fatigue is not something to ignore or just accept as something you have to live with. If you are tired like this all the time, there might be an underlying medical condition that you have to tend to. Here is a list of things you should have checked to rule out any illness:
- Thyroid Disease
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Sleep Apnea
What can you do to beat tiredness?
The good news is if you do not have any health issues causing your fatigue, it can be overcome by doing a few simple lifestyle changes. The first thing you should look at is to lose weight if you are overweight and get into doing regular exercise. Just focusing on these two elements in your life will solve a lot of your tiredness issues.
Exercise, for instance, will help you lose weight, it will help you sleep better at night and it will raise your spirits by releasing the feel-good hormones (endorphins.) You should really invest in a good exercise program – The benefits are far greater than just getting rid of tiredness.
Losing weight is the other element that will resolve tiredness. Being overweight places extra strain on your body, your muscles have to work harder to do normal tasks, and the heart being a muscle is also affected. The heart being under strain all the time will definitely lead to constant tiredness, but it has other bad effects as well, like failing heart health.
Now exercise will help you lose weight, but it will not be the only thing you need to do to lose weight. You will have to change what and how you eat. This is equally valid for those that are not overweight but still suffer from tiredness and fatigue. Diet plays a huge role in the available energy we have.
Carbohydrates have been getting the limelight as great food for the last 100 years now and this makes it difficult for people to accept that this so-called good food is actually BAD food. Research has now shown that the glucose cycle is badly affected by refined carbohydrates such as bread, processed foods, sugars, pastries and anything that contains preservatives.
These foods spike the glucose levels in the blood that makes us feel full of energy and ready for anything. but the body cannot maintain this cycle for long and the energy levels drop fast leaving us tired and ready for bed. To fight this the body sends signals of hunger to the brain to get food for energy. If you eat more carbs, the cycle will continue indefinitely to the point where you will gain excessive weight and always feel tired.
Change your shopping and eating habits. You need to shop only in the fresh food aisles. Get away from anything mass produced in factories. If food does not look like it does in its natural state, stay away. Get rid of the cheap oils, go for coconut oil (incredibly healthy and packed full of nutrients), olive oils and the nut oils. Throw away margarine, it is man-made coloured, flavoured wax. Use butter, it has been around for 4000 years and has never harmed us in all that time.
Eat eggs, they are packed full of vitamins and minerals. Eggs were also part of the human diet since we could eat, it never killed us – rather it sustained us. Getting into the habit of eating natural foods will drastically improve your overall health and will get rid of your lack of energy.
Water is another beauty you should add to your fight against fatigue. Water is a wonder substance. Every living thing is made up mostly of water. Suffice it to say, we need water to stay alive. But what most people forget is that we need water to stay healthy as well. It flushes the system which helps get rid of toxins. It helps with weight loss and stops dehydration. Now dehydration has a lot of bad factors attached to it, one of which is tiredness. So lets drink some water during the day. You don’t need 4 liters of water a day, one and a half to two litres ample.
Another factor that causes tiredness is stress. Known as the silent killer, stress has some serious negatives in its bag of tricks, one of them, you guessed it, tiredness. What do we do to get rid of stress then? – RELAX.
Relaxation exercises are king or Queen if you prefer to fight stress. Funny enough, you don’t need to do hours of yoga to de-stress, the body is quite amazing. If you give it the tools it will quickly repair itself and it will quickly get rid of the stress. Again, bad diet, and being overweight adds continuous stress to the body and the heart and this is why it is called the silent killer. See why diet and exercise are so important?
Getting rid of your three o’clock slump, your constant tiredness is achievable by changing what you eat, how you eat, getting enough water, and getting into some good, well planned daily exercise. Following these guidelines will set you free from the burden of tiredness.