If you are getting plenty of sleep at night but still seem to drag through the day, it may be time to take a look at some of the reasons you might be feeling so exhausted. First and foremost, it is important to talk with your doctor to determine if a medical condition might be causing your fatigue. As we get older, the likelihood that feeling tired all the time could be the sign of a serious health concern is higher than might have been the case during our younger days.
However, a medical condition is not always to blame. Something about your habits, lifestyle, or the events going on in your life could be sapping your energy and leaving you feeling tired most of the time. There may be a few changes you can make that will help you feel less sluggish and more energetic.
Here are a few things that might be stealing some of your energy.
Skipping breakfast. You have heard it many times… “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” As you sleep at night, the food you ate the previous day continues to be used to support your body’s functions. You need to refuel each morning to prepare your body for the day ahead.
Dehydration. Research shows that even mild dehydration can cause feelings of fatigue, as well as moodiness, headaches, and other issues. Dehydration happens when your body is losing more water than it is taking in. Make sure to drink plenty of water and other fluids. Many tasty foods also provide plenty of fluid, such as fruits, vegetables, juices, gelatins, yogurt, and sorbet.
Family changes. Family is a big part of life, and changes in your family often affect your life. When babies are born into your family, you may become a lot more physically active than usual as you try to keep up with the little ones as they grow. Look for sensible ways to be involved in a child’s life that are well suited to your abilities. The death of a family member also changes our lives. When a loved one passes away, the grief you experience can be a very heavy and draining load to carry. Talk with your doctor if your grief feels overwhelming and/or is making it difficult for you to function.
Boredom. For many people, having something to do or look forward to is motivating and exhilarating. Sitting around doing nothing may sound relaxing, but that may not be true for everyone. Find things to occupy your time and mind and you might find you feel revitalized.
Moving to a new place. Relocating is draining in many ways, physically and emotionally. It is important to be realistic about limiting the amount of physical labor and exertion involved in any move. It is also important to be conscious of the emotional and social implications of leaving the place you have called “home” for a long time. Try to make your new place feel and look as much like “home” as possible. Stay in touch with loved ones and friends. Find things to do and people to get to know in your new environment.
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Medications. Fatigue can be a side effect of many medications, including some prescription drugs that are vital to our health. Talk with your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including over-the-counter and prescription medications. Sometimes, replacing a medication or simply changing a dosage can have a significant impact of your energy levels.
Poor diet. You may be consuming plenty of food, but what you are eating may not be fueling your body with enough nutrition to keep you energized and wide awake. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet.