Fighting Fatigue

May 16, 2016 / James Knowles

Fighting Fatigue

If you’re feeling like you just can’t regain your energy, despite getting to bed on time and even taking the occasional nap, you’re not alone. Fatigue can be caused by something as simple as an unbalanced diet or one of the symptoms of much more serious illnesses such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, depression and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If you’re feeling like you just can’t beat the fatigue, you should start by visiting your primary care provider to make sure there are no major underlying health issues. Still can’t figure out why you’re so tired? Here are some useful tips that can help you fight that fatigue.

Drink more water
Our bodies are comprised of two-thirds water, so dehydration can manifest itself in a number of odd ways—including fatigue. If your body is feeling off, try drinking more water first.

Get out there and get moving
I know—you’re tired and the last thing you want to do is be active. Well, tough it out because exercise is one of the best things you can do to fight fatigue. Keep in mind though, exercising too late in the day will actually work against you and prevent a good night’s sleep.

Check your diet
What we put in our bodies can have a major effect on our energy levels. Things that you expect to give you some extra pep may actually be contributing to your fatigue! Overeating, pouring that 2pm coffee or drinking a caffeinated soda can all contribute to a major loss of energy later. If you insist on that late afternoon coffee to get you over the hump, try doing without the sugar and drinking it black.

Grab a snack
When your body starts to get hungry, it can enter what’s commonly referred to as “starvation mode”. While you’re not actually starving, your body will slow your metabolism and make you feel tired. The best fix for this is to keep a healthy snack close by so you can nip that hunger in the bud. For a list of great foods that can actually help you fight your fatigue click here.

Don’t forget to sleep
This may seem obvious—but make sure you’re getting enough sleep! Losing an hour or two of sleep regularly can really put a damper on the amount of energy you have to conquer the day. According to WebMD, a sleep cycle lasts about 90 minutes and we need several consecutive sleep cycles to feel restored in the morning. Keep that in mind when you’re setting your alarm.