5 reasons you may be tired
5 reasons you may be tired all the time: stress, dehydration, nutrient deficiencies, lack of movement and disrupted sleep.
Research shows that 80% of all physician visits are for stress-related issues. Stress is one of the biggest culprits in our mental and physical energy crisis today and suffocates a person's energy in a number of ways. Instead of running to caffeine or sugar for a pick-me-up, consider being more proactive in buffering stress in the first place. Simple breathing exercises switch your sympathetic (flight-or-fight) nervous system on within a few seconds. We also recommend meditation, restorative yoga, or massage, all of which have been clinically proven to enhance energy and well-being.
Elevated cortisol (stress) levels and unstable blood sugar levels can throw off your sleep cycles. Research suggests that getting more sunlight exposure in the morning can help decrease cortisol levels later in the evening. Eating a well-balanced diet that's focused on real foods - not processed foods - can help keep your blood sugar stable at night.
Drinking plenty of water and getting key nutrients, like magnesium, is also very important.
Lastly, make sure you are moving your body. An occasional workout doesn't count. We create energy by simply moving around. If you work out an hour a day and then sit around the rest of the time, you're not much more active than the rest of the sedentary population. Try setting a time on your phone to do 2 minutes of body weight exercises every ninety minutes to feel more charged throughout the day!
If you do all these things and still feel tired all the time, you need to figure out what else is going on. Ask our office how we can help you holistically.