Why are you tired all of the time?
The obvious answer is that you’re probably not sleeping enough. Very few people, after all, are getting the recommended seven to nine hours per night.
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But many other factors you may not think of also affect your energy levels, from what and how you’re eating to the hormones circulating throughout your body. (It’s all connected, by the way.)
So, if you’ve conquered your insomnia but still feel like you’re dragging (or running on caffeine) most of the time, consider these potential causes.
5 Surprising Reasons You’re Tired
- You’re dehydrated. Studies suggest that even mild dehydration can slow your mess with your energy levels, causing fatigue and making it difficult to concentrate. You should be drinking (on average) 64 ounces a day. If you have trouble making that happen, consider these tips to make your H2O more exciting.
- You’re B12 deficient. B vitamins are often called the energy vitamins, and not getting enough B12, especially, can make you feel weak and tired. Vegans and vegetarians are especially at risk for B12 deficiency. Follow this advice to try to get enough in your diet, or you may need to supplement.
- You’re not eating enough protein. Carbs give you fast energy, but protein is essential for sustained energy. Especially if you’re exercising a lot, you may not realize how much you need to help your body repair and build muscle. Salmon is a great option, since it’s filled with protein and delivers the aforementioned B vitamins.
- You’re eating too infrequently. Long stretches without fuel can leave you running on empty. Eat small meals or snacks every three to four hours to keep your energy level steady. Just remember to avoid sugary snacks, since high-sugar foods will sabotage your energy boost by providing a quick rush and then a crash.
- You’ve got a thyroid issue. Many, many people are walking around with undiagnosed thyroid issues that lead to constant fatigue and weight gain. If your symptoms seem to match, consider heading to your MD for tests.
Of course, don’t forget: While any of these scenarios may be draining your energy, fixing them won’t negate the need for a good night’s sleep…every night.