If you are finding you feel tired more often than not you may need to see a doctor which, by the way, I am not. I do however want to share a few things I’ve learned to be mindful of when I’m feeling tired. If you do not have any known medical conditions, it could as simple what you eat, what you drink and how much or how little you sleep. You know the old adage “garbage in, garbage out.” It’s hard to feel good and energized when your eating habits are poor. What you drink has a huge impact on how you feel too. If your sleeping but awake not feeling rested, take some time to think about what you have had to eat and drink lately. It could be the key to you getting some good quality sleep.
Eat. Drink. Sleep.
You might be tempted to get up and rush into your day without eating breakfast but I don’t recommend it. It’s important to break the fast from sleeping. Your body does a lot of things while you are sleeping so it’s important to give it some fuel to get going in the morning. It’s been said breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If you’re like most people, your breakfast isn’t a huge meal so don’t think it’s going to last all day. If you are going to keeping going all day you’re going to have to fill your tank (stomach) more than once. Skipping meals is not a healthy practice. Try to find the appropriate times for your daily schedule and routines to sit down and have your meals. Eating while standing or on the go tends to make you eat too quickly.
We all have our preferences of what we enjoy drinking but what our body needs is a different story. God made water for a reason. It’s a necessity for life. Find a way you can enjoy it and you will be amazed at how you feel when you get the amount of water your body needs. Many people suffer from daily bouts of dehydration and discredit its symptoms (headache, mood changes and difficulty concentrating just to name a few) as being caused by lack of water. A sure sign you are not drinking enough water is the color of your urine; dark means not enough water, light yellow means your’e doing good.
You know your body better than anyone else. Think back to a time when you awoke feeling completely rested. How long did you sleep? What time did you go to sleep? What time did you wake up? Did you need an alarm to do so? Recognize what you did or did not eat or drink could have an impact on your sleep. Getting enough consecutive hours of sleep is important too. Try going to bed at the same time each night and waking at the same time each morning. If you find you’re still tired add or subtract a fraction of time and see if this helps. Each person’s body is different and you can figure out what works best for you. Of course, if you find your diet is not what is affecting your sleep and your tiredness continues, you could have a medical condition requiring the attention of a professional.
Have you ever consumed a specific food or beverage that made you feel tired? I’d love to hear about your experience, please share by commenting to this post.
Until the next time, keep living life!