When you feel tired all day long, sleep deprivation isn’t always the main cause. In fact, you can be getting 6 or more hours of sleep and STILL be feeling sluggish as the day wears on. Here are some of the many factors to consider:
Stress. When you’re stressed, your body kicks into “fight or flight” mode, which can leave your body feeling drained. You also tend to take your stresses, like money, kids, school, work, to bed with you so you may be sleeping all night, but your mind is going nuts, keeping you from resting fully.
You’re dehydrated. Most of us don’t get enough water, not with yummy sodas and caffeine-riddled coffee to choose from instead! Drink more water, as dehydration is typically why you’re tired. Drink up and you may feel your energy levels rise.
Maybe there’s something wrong with your hormones? Your thyroid may be to blame, or if you’ve been having sporadic or non-predictable periods (or no periods at all) perhaps you should have a doctor check you out to make sure your hormones are in check. The havoc on your body may be what’s leaving you drained.
What do you eat before bed? Spicy foods and hot, caffeinated beverages can boost your energy levels, so even when you go to bed and sleep your body has a harder time hitting that deep sleep it needs. Try to keep the nachos and super java drinks to before 8 PM so they don’t interrupt your sleep later.
How’s your bedding? If you’re sleeping on a pancake pillow, no wonder you’re tired during the day? If you can see through your blanket it’s so thin, you’re likely tossing and turning all night in discomfort. Wear comfortable PJ’s to bed (or none at all) get a better pillow, and a fluffier blanket to suit your needs so you can stay put once you fall into slumber.
Are you eating throughout the day? Some of us only eat 3 meals a day, but we need energizing snacks in between to keep our energy up. Face it, you can’t go through an entire day with 6 or so hours in between fueling your body. Eat a baggie of nuts or something.
Are you pregnant? If you’ve missed your period and just don’t feel “right”, perhaps you ARE pregnant. Fatigue all day long can definitely be a sign (unless you’re a man, of course) so perhaps you need to see your doctor or get a pregnancy test just to be sure.
Try to find out what lifestyle oopsies you may be making that are contributing to your tiredness all day long. Sometimes seeing your doctor is best, but often you can make simple choices, like drinking more water, to simply relax more during the day and have more energy than you can use.