It is normal to feel a bit tired after a long day or from lack of sleep, but if you find yourself exhausted all the time then there may be a more serious reason behind it. One of the most common reasons for tiredness is a person’s lifestyle. You can often feel tired due to making bad decisions in your daily routine, whether it’s your diet or lack of exercise.
Having caffeine and sugar will give you a quick boost of energy, but will ultimately leave you feeling tired and rundown. Instead it is better choose food which releases energy slowly, such as whole grains, starchy vegetables and protein-rich food. A healthy, varied diet, with plenty of fruit and vegetables should leave you brimming with energy.
Not getting enough quality shut-eye
It is recommended that we get about eight hours sleep a night. Many of us aren’t doing this, or even if we are, it’s not high quality sleep. A bad night’s sleep will leave us feeling unmotivated, drained and grumpy. Avoid alcohol and caffeine late at night and try to keep your bedroom quiet and restful. If you struggle to fall asleep, take a warm bath before bed to relax yourself.
Don’t forget to exercise
It seems weird to think that exercising in fact gives you more energy, but numerous studies have proven those who exercise feel less fatigue than those who don’t. Exercise releases endorphins that trigger a positive feeling in the body, making you feel active and energised. Regular exercise has been proven to reduce stress and improves the quality of a person’s sleep.
If you notice no improvement after altering these factors and are concerned, it may be wise to visit your local GP. They are likely to do a blood test to test for anaemia. An iron deficiency is a common reason for feeling constantly run down. The typical symptoms are having no energy, getting tired very quickly and feeling like everything is too much effort. Alternately, it could be something as simple as your glasses prescription being wrong. The prescription for the eye changes naturally over time and eye strain can make you feel tired and run down.
A factor that can have a massive influence on your mood and sleeping pattern is your personal life. Think about whether there have been any disruptions in your life that may be particularly demanding or any events that may have triggered your tiredness.
Whatever the reason, if you are concerned, it is best to seek professional help.