If you’ve been struggling to keep your eyes open in the middle of the day, or feeling exhausted no matter what you do, you’re not alone.
See, I speak to a lot of people every day who tell me exactly the same thing.
They sleep 8 hours a night.
They try their best to not stay up late.
They don’t drink or smoke.
And they’re well past the years of partying all night.
Yet, despite all of these efforts they still struggle with fatigue.
They can’t keep their eyes open when reading the morning paper, even though they just woke up,
Or they struggle to focus and concentrate on one task,
Or perhaps they feel so exhausted all they want to do is to sleep.
So today, I wanted to take a look at the root cause of why this might be happening.
And what you can do to improve your situation.
Here are three reasons why you might feel tired all the time.
#1. Quantity AND quality
Even if you sleep 8 hours a night, you still may not be getting a good quality of sleep.
One way to make sure you get deep restful sleep is to go to bed at the right time for your body.
Here’s what I mean-
There’s something called the circadian rhythm.
It’s a natural rhythm that regulates your wake-sleep cycle.
When you were a child, you'd naturally fall asleep and wake up without any alarm needed.
That’s the circadian rhythm working at its finest.
But as we age, this rhythm is affected by lots of things, like stress, work schedule, and drinking copious amounts of coffee.
Eventually, we become so out of sync with this rhythm.
So even if we do sleep for 8-10 hours a night, it’s not a deep, restful kind of sleep.
The best way to get back to sync is to have a consistent sleep schedule.
When you go to bed and wake up at the same time, your body will get used to the schedule.
And eventually, it’ll go back to the wake-sleep rhythm naturally.
#2. Not eating enough eggs
Well, technically not only eggs.
See, a study done looked into the relationship between eating a high protein diet and fatigue levels.
And what they found was fascinating.
Those people who didn’t eat protein sources with each meal had higher fatigue levels.
So it would be a good idea to add more protein sources to your diet.
And in case you're not sure what’s considered a protein, here’s a list for you:
#3. Magnesium deficiency
Magnesium is found in every cell of your body.
It does a lot of things starting from converting your food to energy, to taking this energy and moving it around to different parts of your body.
So if your body doesn’t have enough of this nutrient, it struggles to produce energy.
And so you feel tired and exhausted all the time, no matter how much you sleep.
That’s why it’s important you get enough magnesium in your diet by eating magnesium-rich foods like spinach or almonds.
But what does “enough” mean?
According to the NHS, the daily recommended intake for magnesium varies between 270mg to 300mg.
To put things into perspective, one cup of spinach contains about 80 mg of magnesium.
So you'd have to eat almost 3 cups of spinach to get what your body needs,
And even though I like spinach, that's a bit too much even for me.
That’s why some prefer to take this magnesium supplement.
It works kinda like insurance to make sure you keep your magnesium levels where they need to be.
Hope you find these tips to help with your energy levels helpful.