If you are always tired, a lack of sleep is not the only thing to blame. Here are 4 fatigue culprits that may bring on those yawns.
1. You skip breakfast: Food fuels your body. And after a long nights rest its important to refuel your body for the day. Skipping out on that morning meal will only make you feel sluggish since you are depriving your body of the energy it needs. It’s important to kick start your metabolism with a hearty breakfast of lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains.
2. You sip on some vino before bedtime: A glass of wine is what you need to wind down after a long day, right? Wrong! Even though alcohol gives a sedative effect, it actually destroys your sleep cycle since it boosts adrenaline as it metabolizes. This is why you tend to wake up in the middle of the night after a night of drinking. Instead, I recommend limiting your alcohol intake and cutting off 3-4 hours before going to bed to ensure a good night’s rest.
3. You are a regular at the drive thru: Foods high in sugar and simple carbs, like the stuff you’ll find in the drive thru lane, will dramatically increase your blood sugar levels. But after that sugar spike, comes the drop, and that’s when the fatigue sets in. Make sure to keep your blood sugar levels balanced by eating a diet rich in lean protein and whole grain foods.
4. You are always on your phone, even at bed time: Using your phone or tablet before going to sleep throws off your natural sleep cycle thanks to the backlights. This means your body will suppress melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep. I recommend putting down all tech gadgets 1-2 hours before bed. If that is something you CAN’T do, then make sure to hold that phone or tablet at least 14 inches away from your face so the light won’t stop you from catching some z’s.