For many people, feeling tired isn’t a condition, it’s a personality trait. And, while it may be a common trait, it’s not a healthy one.
While global pandemics, climate change, and other outside factors can all sap your energy levels, a health condition may be the real culprit behind the problem. If that’s the case, you’re going to want to identify the problem then get to work resolving it.
Let’s try to figure out what the issue may be.
You’re not getting enough sleep
Sure, it sounds obvious, but many people underestimate how much sleep their body needs. You might think that you can survive on four or five hours of sleep each night, but your body would beg to differ.
According to sleep experts, seven hours is the minimum amount of sleep you should get each night. If you can get more, around eight or nine hours, then even better.
You’re leading a sedentary lifestyle
Despite the hopes of doctors, virologists, and presidents, the United States (and the world, in general) isn’t out of the COVID-19 woods yet. Because of that, many people are still stuck at home. And while staying home might keep you safe from pathogens, it does make it hard to get active.
Sitting for hours on end is an easy way to end up feeling sleepy and exhausted. Try taking ten minutes out of your day to get your heart rate up and your blood flowing. Over time, you’ll notice that your energy levels also increase.
Stress levels are high
It’s hard to manage stress in the best of times, but outside factors (like the ones facing the world at present) can make it almost impossible. Unfortunately, fatigue is one of the most common side effects of chronic stress.
To get your energy levels back up, take some time out of your day to unwind. Whether that means doing yoga, reading a book, or just watching an episode of Rick and Morty, a little ‘you time’ can go a long way.
Depression is a serious mental health condition that can affect your body in many different ways. Fatigue and low energy levels are common side effects.
If you suspect that you have depression, speak to your doctor and try to figure out a treatment plan. Your doctor may prescribe antidepressants, mental health counseling, or recommend that you make lifestyle changes.
You have a sleep disorder
Sometimes, you can do everything right but still feel exhausted throughout the day. In that case, take a moment to think about how you’re sleeping at night. You may have a sleep disorder that’s preventing your body from getting the rest it needs.
Sleep apnea is a common condition, but it’s also a serious one. Make an appointment with a sleep specialist to get your sleep schedule back in order and your energy levels back up.
Exhaustion isn’t trendy
While fatigue may seem universal at times, it shouldn’t. Take a look at your life, and consider whether one of the factors mentioned in this guide is preventing you from feeling rested.
If they are, make sure to sort things out and get back to living your best and healthiest life.