Do you constantly feel tired but have no idea why?

Before reading this, ask yourself…

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Are you simply overdoing it?

If the answer is genuinely no then read on to possibly find out the explanation behind your exhaustion:

1. Late night use of electronics

Many of us love to relax after a busy day by using our phones or tablets, but various studies have recently found that using these types of electronics before bedtime can disturb your quality of sleep, even making it more difficult for you to drift off. So (although I know this is difficult) try to switch them off at least an hour before you go to bed and get some quality time to relax before going to sleep.

2. Poor diet, resulting in deficiencies

If you’re following a clean eating lifestyle then this is unlikely, but if your diet is quite poor then there’s a chance you may be giving your body inadequate nourishment. This can lead to your body feeling severely drained. Make sure you’re eating a well-balanced diet full of vegetables and fruits, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates to keep your body fully nourished.

3. Lack of sleep

The most obvious (yet sometimes overlooked) reason for your lack of energy could be lack of sleep. We are all guilty of “burning the candle at both ends”, but that doesn’t mean that it won’t catch up with you. It isn’t always possible to get the suggested 8 hours of sleep per night but, where possible, try to get a full night of sleep as you would be surprised how beneficial just a few good nights of sleep per week could be.

4. Too much caffeine

Caffeine is well known for providing you with a pick-me-up if you’re suffering from a lack of energy, but excessive amounts of caffeine could result in an accelerated heart rate, high blood pressure, and ultimately, exhaustion. If you think you consume too much caffeine then try to cut it back and see if your energy levels improve.

5. Dehydration

Dehydration can not only hold you back from losing weight, but it can also severely affect your energy levels. Your body needs water to run efficiently and, without adequate levels of fluid, it’s unable to function correctly. This can leave you feeling exhausted. A great way to check if you are dehydrated is to check the colour of your urine; if it’s a dark yellow colour then it’s likely that you need to drink more water.

6. Not enough exercise

Although the physical act of exercising makes you feel tired out, it is actually great for improving energy levels. If you’re not exercising regularly, which, depending on your fitness level, may even just mean walking every day, then it’s likely that your energy levels will decrease. A large number of studies have found that sedentary people started to feel much less fatigue once they began a workout regime. So keep moving but, as with everything, don’t overdo it. Take it at your own pace.

There are also a number of medical issues that could be causing your tiredness, but don’t jump to conclusions and assume that your fatigue must be caused by one of those conditions.

It’s usually just that you simply need to get more sleep and clean up your diet. If however, you are concerned your lack of energy may be due to a medical issue, contact your doctor to discuss this.