When you’re up and about, ready for the day ahead, there may be times that you start feeling like you hit a wall, feeling like you need a nap right this minute! It makes you wonder: “Why am I so sleepy all the time?”
And while it may feel normal to feel tired at some points of the day, it can get worrying if you’ve been experiencing it every day! That’s why I’m here to list down the reasons why you might feel tired a lot and how you can remedy it!
Here are the top five reasons as to why people feel sleepy during the day and how to solve it:
This is one of the most common sleeping disorders that affect millions in the USA alone. This is caused by a blockage of your breathing, which causes you to lack deep sleep you need to stay well-rested. As a result, you tend to wake up at night (unknowingly) and feel sleepy throughout the day.
This will require therapy to improve your sleeping habits. Your doctor may also recommend you to start taking medication or PAP therapy, which needs you to get a machine that will help with your breathing.
One of the reasons why you feel fatigue is because of anemia, which is the lack of red blood cells that provide oxygen from your lungs and into your cells and tissues. That is why you feel weak or short of breath. But there will also be other symptoms included, such as difficulty in sleeping or lack of concentration.
You will need to take supplements and medicine (particularly B vitamins and iron) for better oxygen flow.
Sedentary Lifestyle and Stress
Yes, while you may think exercise and activities tire you out, your lack of movement can cause a lot of problems, particularly with your energy. Sitting all day will also take a toll on your body, causing soreness all over. These sore feelings will end up with you feeling tired and moody. That is why it’s important to have regular exercise to balance out your hormones and get better sleep, which will battle your grogginess throughout the day. Stress and depression can also be a factor here. If you have too much on your plate or have experienced something traumatic recently, then it has you feeling tired and anxious.
Start getting up off the couch and create time in your schedule for at least 15 to 20 minutes of exercise. Even walking or stretching can do wonders. Match this with the proper supplements and avoiding stimulants that trigger your stress or a depressive episode.
Not Getting Enough Sleep
This is probably one of the most common and obvious reasons why people end up feeling sleepy throughout the day. After all, if you lack sleep, you will end up wanting to catch up on it while awake. So if you have poor sleeping habits due to a poor schedule or because of reaching deadlines late at night, then you must stop that! What you can do is to start creating a schedule that will have you get at least seven to nine hours of sleep a day.
If you had a hard time falling asleep at earlier times, then start relaxation techniques, such as yoga or taking an Epsom salt bath. Essential oils in your bedroom can also do wonders for sleep and relaxation. Avoid stressors such as your phone or the television as well.
If you continue to exercise and sleep at appropriate times, then that’s great! BUT, you will need to match that with a proper diet, or you’ll still end up feeling sleepy. Have you ever felt a sugar crash or the need to nap after a heavy or sugary meal? If you continue to have a poor diet that consists of too much sugar, caffeine, or heavy meals, then it takes a toll on your blood sugar and insulin levels. As a result, you end up feeling groggy and unfocused.
To stop this, I recommend that you eat five to six small meals throughout the day to keep your insulin levels balanced and without any problem. You should also limit your intake in processed junk and caffeine. Opt to have sleep-inducing foods, and light meals come night time, such as dairy products or red meat.
Focus on foods that are high in B vitamins, calcium, selenium, and magnesium. Also get a healthy source of fats, focusing on omega-3 fatty acids.
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