Do you feel like you’re tired all the time? If you feel like you are netting a decent amount of sleep, there could be other possible explanations for the ‘zapped’ feeling so many of us deal with at one time or another. Though it can be frustrating, there are some ways to help ease fatigue and build up energy once you identify the cause.
What are the causes of fatigue?
Having low energy (fatigue) can be caused by numerous reasons. The important thing to note before seeking out remedies for low energy, is to try and identify what you suspect the cause may be so that you can find the appropriate method to help. There are some causes of low energy that are tougher to treat such as chronic illness and pain conditions and the fatigue experienced in pregnancy. Bringing up questions for how to treat your fatigue with your doctor may be the best option.
Here is a quick list of the most common causes for low energy/fatigue:
- Vitamin Deficiency (such as B12 and vitamin D)
- Strict Dieting/Lack of Proper Nutrition
- Lack of sleep
- Sedentary Lifestyle/Not enough Exercise
How do I boost my energy?
Here are a few quick ways to help improve your energy levels that you can begin to start implementing right away.
- Vitamin and mineral supplements - Vitamin deficiency is surprisingly common. Even while maintaining a healthy diet, there can be times when an individual simply does not get enough nutrition from their food. Check with your doctor before including a supplement to your diet!
- Maintain a balanced and healthy diet! - Maintaining a healthy diet doesn’t have to be super strict. Cutting a major amount of necessary calories can lead to extreme fatigue. Be sure to calculate the appropriate amount of calories you need to fuel your body!
- Sleep Habits - It may sound redundant, but working on your sleep habits can dramatically improve your energy. Start by limiting caffeine intake during the day (especially in the afternoon). Avoid using electronics for at least an hour before bedtime or sleeping with the television on. Make sure the temperature in your room is comfortable.
- Exercise - Exercising and moving around can help increase your energy levels! Look into aiming for at least 10,000 steps or 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily!
- Stay Hydrated - The human body is mostly made up of water. Be sure to stay well hydrated, especially during hot weather months. Hydration helps maintain the body’s vital organ systems and keep things running in top shape.
- Alleviate Stress - Stress can zap energy very quickly. Learn more some simple techniques to help alleviate stress and get those levels back up!