Tackling tiredness

If you were to take a look around a standard workplace, you would quickly notice there is no shortage of people who seem to be perpetually tired.

You may be one of them.

We seem to accept tiredness as a facet of daily life, but in fact it doesn’t have to be the case. With just a little effort you can get to the bottom of your tiredness problem and, once you have done so, you won’t regret it.

The first thing to do is identify why you are tired.

The obvious place to start is looking at the quality and quantity of sleep you get. If you think you are not getting enough good sleep, it is better to look at lifestyle options rather than sleeping pills.

A good option is trying to establish rhythm in your sleeping patterns. Make it a priority to go to bed and get up at the same time every day. After a short while your body will be used to it and you will start to reap the benefits. Your body clock will become shaped around the pattern, and better sleep will result.

Make sure you cut down on, or completely remove, stimulants such as caffeine from your diet.

Being overweight leads to tiredness. When you have excess baggage, all your body systems have to work overtime just to function at a basic level. This means you are always playing catchup. Shed the kilos for instant energy gains.

Eat low GI foods instead of sugary snacks. The slower release of energy will mean you have far less peaks and troughs of energy during the day, and you will feel far more energised on the whole.

Get enough exercise. Even though you may not feel like exercising when you are knackered, it will build fitness and with fitness comes energy.

Finally, be careful about consuming iron supplements. It is true that tiredness can be caused by low iron levels, in which case supplements could help, but it is also true that high iron levels can lead to tiredness.

If you are thinking about taking iron supplements, get a blood test first to check that it is the right move.

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