Being tired is part of adulthood. When you don’t get enough sleep, you know exactly why you feel tired that day. Yet feeling sluggish, even after getting 8-10 hours of sleep, might be a sign that there’s something wrong. Our bodies are one of the most sophisticated pieces of machinery that exists on this planet and can put off pretty clear indicators when something is not going the way it should be. When our stomach rumbles, we know that it’s time to fill our bellies, however, if you are someone who always seems be starving, even after snacking on all that food you stashed in your bag, then you need to start thinking about what may be causing it. Lack of sleep, dehydration and eating too fast all have serious consequences within our bodies. These issues can cause one to think that they have to eat more than they need to. If you are someone who feels famished all the time, then this article is for you. Here, we are listing 7 surprising reasons that causes your body to feel exhausted 24/7.
1. Your sleep schedule is disrupted.
Not getting enough sleep can give you the munchies. Brooke Alpert, a registered dietitian and the author of The Diet Detox, explains that being chronically tired during the day affects your hormone levels of leptin and ghrelin; which ultimately control hunger levels in the body. When you miss a few hours of sleep, ghrelin levels increase, causing you to feel hungrier than normal. Alpert suggests that the human body needs at least eight hours of sleep at night.
Furthermore, a 2008 Harvard study suggests that sleeping too much can also have serious side effects and is associated with an increased risk for diabetes, obesity, heart disease and death. In fact, people who oversleep have a 44 percent increased risk of death over a 6-year period. Balance is key, so try to manage time to get at least 8 hours of sleep every night but no more than 10.
2. You’re dehydrated.
Surprisingly, dehydration plays an important role in feeling exhausted all the time, as well as feeling constantly hungry. If you are feeling sluggish during the day, everything can be overwhelming, even the simplest of tasks. According to two studies out of the University of Connecticut’s Human Performance Laboratory, this in turn can affect your energy level, mood and ability to think clearly. Dehydration can lead to fatigue and staying hydrated all day even if you’re not thirsty is the only way to fight this.
3. You’re surrounded by toxic people.
The people who surround us have a huge impact on our mental and physical well-being. Complaining co-workers and friends who are always expressing their issues with you can drag down your health. Vicky Vlachonis, an Osteopath and author of The Body Doesn’t Lie, explains;
“If people that are cynical and tend to complain surround you, they can be draining your energy.” So how do you fix it? Vlachonis suggests getting “rid of time-wasters and move forward with feelings of positivity and gratitude — feelings of happiness bring your body lots of energy!”
4. You’re disorganized.
Clutter can make us feel exhausted. If you’ve been waiting for a sign to tidy up your room, wait no more, this is it. Studies show that clutter and surroundings that are chaotic limits our brains ability to focus on tasks. Thus, when one wants to work on something, they have to put extra energy to keep focus on the task at hand. These extra efforts finally catch up, draining them both mentally and physically.
A simple way of eliminating clutter is to make is to make it a morning routine to tidy-up your room. Taking a few minutes to put things away, organize and throw out things that you don’t need can have a positive impact on your life.
5. You use technology before bed.
We all have the habit of using our phones right before going to bed. How can we resist? We have to wish our friends and loved ones good night as well as checkout what’s new on Netflix. While watching Netflix or YouTube before going to bed might appear as an innocent act, it’s doing more than just keeping you up to watch another episode. Studies have shown that staring at a screen before bed disrupts production of melatonin, an important sleep hormone.
It’s not just your phones but all electronic devices with displays. These devices emit harsh light that disrupts your sleep. How to fix this? Make it a routine to use your phone or watch TV a few hours before bed so your body can prepare itself for a good nights rest.
6. You have anxiety.
Mental health plays a direct role in our physical health. When a person becomes anxious, their adrenaline is running on high. After a certain time, adrenaline begins to run out, causing them to feel fatigue. Stress leads to feelings of tiredness, because we overwork our brains during these anxiety attacks. A good way to fix this is to practice methods to reduce anxiety, which is the main source of the problem.
7. You beat yourself up.
When life doesn’t go as planned, we often mentally beat ourselves up. We criticize ourselves constantly and think negative thoughts. This is not only unproductive but is also making you exhausted both mentally and physically. When you are constantly throwing around negative thoughts such as “I am not good enough” and “I wish I could have done better in life”, these mindless inner chatters take a toll on your well-being.
If you are someone who experiences this, try meditation and thinking positive thoughts. Take time off for yourself and admire your achievements. Even the smallest changes can make a huge difference in your life.
Always remember that making decisions burns calories. If your day was filled with decision making, take some extra time to rest and rejuvenate. If you are on the opposite side of the spectrum, try to reduce a sedentary lifestyle. Living a sedentary lifestyle causes sluggishness and resistance to movement over time. A study conducted by the University of Georgia shows that sedentary adults who incorporated even minimal amounts of movement every day felt more energized and much less fatigued after six weeks.