Most times we tend to blame being tired all the time on a busy lifestyle and a stressful society, but the truth is we are sometimes more to blame for this constant feeling of tiredness than our busy lifestyles and the stressful society. Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 5 things you do that makes you tired all the time.
Not Sleeping Well
Though, sleeping well might not be entirely easy to do if you’re a part of the Nigerian business or corporate world, there are a few things you can do to improve the quality of your sleep. Try to limit caffeine intake to small amounts during morning hours and none after that. Turn off all electronic devices at least an hour before bed, especially to avoid exposure to the phone screen light which can interfere significantly with your sleep. Also avoid sugary and carb-heavy meals before bed.
You Don’t Drink Enough Water
Not drinking enough water can lead to dehydration. Dehydration, even slight dehydration, takes a toll on energy levels and leads to a reduction in the speed at which oxygen and nutrients reach the muscles and organs. You should pay attention to your water intake and drink enough water to keep your system functioning in great condition.
You’re Not Consuming Enough Iron
Try as much as you can to balance your diet to avoid nutrient deficiencies that can leave you feeling weak, sluggish, irritable and unable to focus. Iron deficiency is one of the major deficiencies that leave you feeling weak and tired all the time. Be sure to stock up on iron rich foods like eggs, dark leafy green vegetables, nuts, kidney beans, foods high in vitamin C etc. to avoid iron deficiencies.
You Practically Live on Junk Food
If your primary diet consists of sugar rich foods and simple carbs, you shouldn’t be surprised you feel tired all the time. These kinds of foods rapidly increase your blood sugar level and constant blood sugar spikes followed by sharp drops causes fatigue over the course of the day. Improve your diet and include lean proteins and whole grains to help keep your blood sugar level steady.
You Stay Up Late on Weekends
Not sleeping on Saturday night, then sleeping through the day on Sunday can make it difficult for you to fall asleep on Sunday night (the night you really need to sleep in preparation for Monday morning). This of course results in a sleep-deprived Monday morning and a potentially crappy week. If you must stay up late on a Saturday night, rather than sleeping through the day on Sunday, you can try waking up close to your normal time on Sunday morning, then taking a power nap in the afternoon to recharge, so that your body will be more responsive to falling asleep come night time.